News Rainforests aren't faring too well with the rising temperatures

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

Newham: The borough that’s Britain’s greenest – without any effort by its residents

Tom Bawden visits urban, impoverished Newham to find out from its residents why it has the lowest carbon footprint in Britain

(From left) Ricky Muir, Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party; David Leyonhjelm, Liberal Democratic Party; Wayne Dropulich, Australian Sports Party

Gun nuts, conspiracy theorists and sports obsessives – meet Australia’s newest senators

Arcane electoral system leads to minority special interests parties holding the balance of power

Jaguar has unveiled the new C-X17 concept car

Frankfurt Motor Show: Jaguar unveils new SUV concept

Gallery: Pictures of new C-X17 released

Alpine glaciers have receded significantly over the past century

Layers of soot from coal burning melted Alpine glaciers even in cooler climate of the 19th Century

Sooty air from coal burning triggered the initial melting of the mountain glaciers in the European Alps in the second half of the 19th Century when it caused the snow to turn grey and so reflect less sunlight back into space, scientists said.

More coal power sends EDF into reverse on CO2

EDF Energy admitted last night that its power stations were pumping out more carbon dioxide than in previous years as it cranked up output from its coal-fired generators.

China's spike in car ownership has led to restrictions

‘Auntie’ Wang Xiuxia makes a million from car number plates scam in congested Beijing

Retired woman stocked up before restrictions were introduced

Uncertainty in climate change report should not be taken as a reason for political inaction

The latest and most definitive report of the international body set up to review the scientific evidence on climate change will be littered with the language of uncertainty. But the overall message is clear enough: the global climate is changing and human activity is largely responsible.

Chimerica by Lucy Kirkwood

Theatre review: Chimerica - Lucy Kirkwood's piece is a strong contender for play of the year

Her back catalogue includes an unflinchingly eloquent promenade play about the life of a sex-trafficked girl and a lethally mordant satire about power and privacy in the era of glossy celebrity journalism. So the imaginative range and penetration of twenty nine year old Lucy Kirkwood's oeuvre were well established. But nothing had quite prepared one for the sheer theatrical boldness and thematic sweep of Chimerica, her remarkably ambitious, three-hour exploration of the fast-changing and complex relationship between the United States and China.

Demonstrators protest against the decision to drill for oil in the Amazon and, below, President Correa’s TV address

The world has failed us: Ecuador ditches plan to save Amazon from oil drilling

Blow to climate change battle as President Correa tears up $3.6bn UN agreement

Extreme heatwaves are predicted as the new normal for British summers by 2040

Report calls for dramatic curbs in greenhouse gas emissions and warns of threat to human society

The cable guy: is it safe left on?

Cyber Culture: Microsoft's XBox One is designed to be left switched on but what's the economic and environmental impact?

There's a Christmas family tradition in the Marsden household where my father issues a series of strict electrical instructions to me before he goes to bed – what has to be switched off and where, which plugs have to be removed from their sockets and so on. Every year, I look at him with uncomprehending disbelief – but obviously I obey, because it's his house.

A runaway greenhouse Armageddon in which the oceans boil dry could theoretically happen on Earth, researchers claim. The good news is that human activity on its own will probably not be enough to trigger such an end-of-the-world scenario in the near future

Global-warming Armageddon? It may be more likely than you thought

Calculations from Canadian and US scientists show runaway greenhouse effect is realistic possibility

'Rivers of rain' to make severe floods twice as likely by end of century

New weather phenomenon sees gigantic volumes of water vapour transported through the air

A Cuadrilla shale fracking facility in Preston, Lancs

The pursuit of shale gas is another example of the Coalition's betrayal of the environment

Total emissions have fallen in the UK, but not for the right reason

Huge amounts of heat are being continuously absorbed by the deep ocean

Has global warming stopped? No - it’s just on pause, insist scientists, and it's down to the oceans

Temperatures still expected to reach predicted 2015 levels with only a five-year delay after 12 of the 14 hottest years on record

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