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

1.2m Chinese killed by air pollution in 2010

Air pollution contributed to the deaths of 1.2 million people in China in 2010, according to data presented at a summit in Beijing this week.

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The world is hottest it has been since the end of the ice age - and the temperature's still rising

Report claims that by the year 2100 the earth will see temperatures not seen since the dawn of civilisation

Petrol price steers drivers to fuel-efficient vehicles

Soaring petrol prices and household bills are encouraging more people to buy fuel-efficient cars, according to new figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Arctic ice-melt will bring frosty relations as nations navigate across North Pole

The loss if sea ice in the Arctic will allow ships to navigate freely across the North Pole by the middle of the century and could lead to unprecedented geo-political tensions between countries that have territorial claims in the region, scientists said.

Government fights Europe over air pollution reduction

Air pollution is estimated to cause 29,000 premature deaths each year in the UK at an average loss of life of 11.5 years

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The Western media coverage of air pollution in China ignores the wider economic context

If China is to implement environmental changes in a sustainable way, there must be some trade-off between being green and staying out of the red.

UN says fertiliser crisis is damaging the planet

Mass application of nutrients causes pollution in some areas while under-use hampers food production in others

Government attempts to 'reclaim' the green agenda by ploughing £1 billion into effort to cut Britain's overseas gas reliance

Ministers will divert money currently earmarked to build a new gas fired power station into projects to cut electricity demand

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Labour's power call sets up clash with Coalition

Party wants carbon-capture and storage technology installed to cut emissions – but plan would double the cost of electricity

Smog: A problem the Chinese will find hard to eradicate

China’s air-quality crisis can be compared in some respects to Britain’s more than half a century ago, before the Clean Air Act of 1956. But there are important differences that could make China’s problem more difficult to tackle.

Revolution in energy use 'will help curb warming'

BP study points to improvements in efficiency and changing economies
New estimates of how much soot, or “black carbon” as it is known by scientists, is released into the atmosphere show that it causes about twice as much warming as previously believed. Cutting emissions could help to cool the planet, scientists said.

Soot causes twice as much global warming as previously thought

Cutting 'black carbon' emissions could help to cool the planet, according to scientists

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