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Lord Deben: Climate change science is 'akin to evidence linking cigarettes to cancer'

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Environment Secretary Owen Paterson played down the dangers of global warming recently

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Under arrest: Frank Hewetson, 45, from London, at the Leninsky District Court of Murmansk, last Thursday

Two British Greenpeace activists to appear in Russian court

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Visitors witness a huge chunk falling from Monaco Glacier, Spitsbergen, Norway in Jul 2013

IPCC report: The financial markets are the only hope in the race to stop global warming

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Wrangling over the final wording of the latest landmark UN report on climate change has been so intense that last-minute discussions in Stockholm are set to run to the wire.

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Governments around the world are exercising extreme caution ahead of tomorrow's publication

A boat is seen seen among the icebergs that have broken off from the Jakobshavn Glacier in Ilulissat, Greenland

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The UN panel looking at the impact of human activity on the planet is about to release its latest report. Representing the peer-reviewed work of hundreds of leading climate scientists, it offers no cause for scepticism or complacency

Lord Stern has been encouraged by the actions many countries are starting to take against climate change

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