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

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A “hiatus” in global warming so far this century is partly caused by natural climate variations and is unlikely to last, a draft UN report by leading climate scientists reveals.

Places such as Leigh Creek have suffered from extreme weather; more than 123 heat records were broken in Australia last summer

He called climate change ‘crap’ – now Australia’s new Prime Minister abolishes watchdog

Eminent scientist is sacked as Tony Abbott fulfils election pledge to streamline bureaucracy

The hottest 5 per cent of summer days have become hotter since 1950 and thermometer readings in the south have risen far more than they have in the north

Another sign of the growing North-South divide, but this time it's climate change

Detailed study shows inconsistent impact of climate change on weather across Europe

Happy days: David Cameron in Svalbard, Norway on a 2006 trip designed to expound his green credentials

Cameron is at a turning point on climate change

Either he stands with sceptics in his own party, or sides with the the scientific community

Scientists are more certain than they have ever been that humans are causing climate change

Scientists ‘95 per cent certain’ that climate change is man-made

UN panel estimates sea levels could rise by 2ft 8in by the end of the century in latest draft report

Flooding of major coastal cities could cost the world economy more than £600bn a year by 2050, say scientists

Coastal city flooding ‘could cost more than £600bn a year’

Miami, New York and New Orleans in the United States, and Guangzhou in China are together expected to shoulder 43 per cent of the burden

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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

CIA backs $630,000 study into how to control global weather through geoengineering

Study part-funded by the CIA to investigate national security implications of geoengineering

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Water shortages for farmers ‘will make Britain dependent on imported crops’

Farmers face a severe water shortage that could put a considerable extra strain on the nation’s resources and make Britain increasingly reliant on imported crops, a government committee warns.

Extreme weather patterns are still a mystery

Summer has finally arrived, and not before time. One of the coldest springs on record has made this winter appear to be interminable; we are finally enjoying the heat and sunshine of a summer that seemed to be destined to fizzle out like so many before it.

Increasingly unusual weather patterns in recent years have led climate scientists and meteorologists to hold a meeting about concerns over climate change

Stand by for another DECADE of wet summers, say Met Office meteorologists

Climate change may be intensifying the natural cycle and may prolong it, says expert, but it is too early to say

What possessed Nigel Lawson to decide that last week, after Ukip's success in the local elections, was the time to announce that he had changed his mind about the EU?

Lord Lawson's climate-change think tank risks being dismantled after complaint it persistently misled public

Lord Lawson’s climate-change think tank faces being dismantled or even wound down after a formal complaint that it has persistently misled the public prompted the statutory regulator to probe into the group.

Speaker John Bercow, who was informed of the arrest yesterday

Speaker John Bercow raises concerns over business interests of select committee chairmen

The chairmen of House of Commons select committees may be barred from holding outside commercial interests relating to their committee's area of interest following allegations that Tory MP Tim Yeo used his position to help business clients.

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Cut out the carbon! Tory MP Tim Yeo turns up the heat on energy industry

Chair of the cross-party Energy and Climate Change Committee issues warning ahead of vote on 2030 deadline for 'decarbonised' electrity supply

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

The climate change sceptics are winning - and the environmental lobby only has itself to blame

For all the Nobel prizes and predictions of global apocalypse and preaching to the converted, climate change remains a niche issue

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