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

The UK is ‘committed to increasing renewables’ says Ed Davey

Britain calls for EU target to halve emissions by 2030

Britain has challenged Europe to sign up to an ambitious target of cutting carbon emissions by 50 per cent by 2030.

David Cameron has appointed a former lobbyist for British Gas to be his personal advisor on energy and climate change

No 10’s new energy adviser is a former British Gas lobbyist

Ministers are working furiously to complete the ambitious and important Energy Bill

China is the world’s biggest producer of carbon dioxide

China agrees to impose carbon targets by 2016

Beijing’s thaw over greenhouse gases seen as major step in battling climate change

Motoring review: Jaguar F-Type V6 S

Dare we say it? The successor to the E-type is finally here…

Rising sea levels threaten to overwhelm us, but there is still work which can - and must - be done

Around 10 million people each year are currently affected by coastal flooding and this number is likely to triple as more and more people migrate to coastal regions.

The Thames barrier raised in 2007 in response to a flood threat

Floods could overwhelm London as sea levels rise - unless Thames Barrier is upgraded

Study concludes there is 1 in 20 chance that existing defences would be unable to cope with extreme storm surge

The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has breached 400ppm for the first time in 5 million years

The private sector could help tackle climate change. What a pity it's left out in the cold

A functioning carbon market is vital to reducing emissions. But ours is broken

A scientific study has said that there will be a dramatic global decline in the number of animal and plant species this century if the world continues to procrastinate over measures to cut carbon dioxide emissions to limit climate change

Life on Earth under threat from CO2 levels, say scientists

There will be a dramatic global decline in the number of animal and plant species this century if the world continues to procrastinate over measures to cut carbon dioxide emissions to limit climate change, a study has found.

Ben Moxham, David Cameron's adviser on energy and the environment, has quit No 10 after reportedly becoming frustrated at the slow pace of progress

Coalition faces an exodus of energy experts as funding for renewables is held up on grounds of cost

Blow to fight against climate change as CO2 in the atmosphere hits record high

The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has breached 400ppm for the first time in 5 million years

Carbon dioxide in atmosphere at highest level for 5 million years

Atmosphere rising at fastest rate since records began

The Esmark glacier on the Norwegian Arctic archipelago of Svalbard has shrunk by 3.5km since 1966

The Acid Ocean: Arctic’s soaring CO2 leaves fish and hunters gasping for life

Greenhouse gases are making seawater toxic for many species of marine life, warn experts

Paws for thought: Gary Downie, founder of Streetkleen, isn’t one to shy away from dog mess

Fido strikes gold with Britain’s most noxious biofuel: dog excrement

Scourge of the nation’s pavements is to be turned into electricity

Why Britain is failing to cut its carbon footprint

When imports are taken into account the UK's emissions are rising. Tom Bawden reports

US regulator warns over Canada oil pipeline plan

President Barack Obama became significantly more likely to block the Canada-to-Texas Keystone XL oil sands pipeline after the US environmental regulator said a government report that in effect endorsed the project was based on "insufficient" research.

Motoring review: Nissan Juke Nismo really puts the 'S' in this SUV

Price: From £19,995
Engine: 1,618cc, four cylinders, 16 valves, turbo, 200bhp at 6,000rpm
Transmission: Six-speed gearbox, front-wheel drive (4x4 with continuously variable transmission auto optional
Performance: 134mph, 0-62 in 7.8sec, 40.9mpg, CO2 159g/km

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