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Volcanic eruptions ‘contributed to global warming pause’, scientists claim

Research could explain why rate of climate change appeared to slow down after 1998 – but experts say volcanoes only offer ‘temporary respite’ from rising temperatures

Britain has some of the highest levels of air pollution from nitrogen
dioxide in Europe, caused mostly by diesel vehicles

UK faces £300m fine over failure to meet air pollution targets by 2010

European Commission to take legal action against Britain over high levels of dangerous gas

Kerry tells Indonesia: climate change is a 'weapon of mass destruction'

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California opens world's largest solar power farm - as evidence emerges that it leaves birds who fly over 'scorched'

State officials decide benefit of green energy for 140,000 homes outweighs 'significant impacts on environment'

Winds are blowing warmer surface water from the Pacific Ocean, sending it down into the depths below

Cooler Pacific Ocean is causing global warming 'pause'

Scientists warn that the cooling capacity of the Pacific Ocean is not expected to continue much beyond 2020, when global surface temperatures are expected to start rising again rapidly

The parched flatlands near Cloncurry in Queensland

Cloncurry: A town in the Queensland outback that is so dry it may run out of people

After two rainless years, an Australian mayor sees moving everyone out as a final possibility

Rising temperatures and an increasing elderly population will mean that more people die

Deaths caused by heat will rise to average of 7,000 a year in 2050

However milder winters will mean fewer cold-related deaths

Climate change 'killing baby penguins' in Argentina, scientists say

New studies show what experts say is the direct consequence of global warming on Magellanic penguins in South America

Guy Shrubsole: 'By cutting Defra's work to protect the UK from climate change, Owen Paterson has shown that he's unfit for office'

Exclusive: Climate scepticism blamed as Owen Paterson slashes spending on global warming

Environment Secretary faces criticism as he cuts the budget for domestic initiatives by 41 per cent

Rainforests aren't faring too well with the rising temperatures

Climate change: Rainforest absorption of CO2 becoming erratic

For each 1C rise in temperature, tropical regions now release about 2 billion extra tonnes of carbon-containing gases

There may be more catastrophic effects on different parts of the world, such as wildfires in Australia, if scientists are correct

Extreme El Niño events could double over next 100 years, climate experts warn

During an extreme event, countries in the western Pacific experienced devastating droughts and wild fires

Pine Island Glacier melting past 'the point of no return'

Current ice models are suggesting the glacier has become unstable, and this recession will continue

A lifebelt is almost submerged after the River Thames flooded in Chersey

Owen Paterson at odds with David Cameron over claims winter storm Hercules was linked to climate change

Environment Secretary sidesteps issue on whether global warming to partly blame for recent flooding

Houses next to the River Thames in Henley-on-Thames, Berkshire are flooded after the river burst its banks

Owen Paterson's climate change scepticism 'has blinded him to future flooding risks', claims Labour as winter storm continues to batter Britain

Labour minister claims Environment Secretary has failed to protect UK's defences against storms

Plants ‘could stop being brake on global warming’

Earth’s vegetation could be saturated with carbon by the end of the century and stop acting as a brake on global warming, scientists warn.

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