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New studies show what experts say is the direct consequence of global warming on Magellanic penguins in South America

Global warming ‘hiatus’ not set to last, says UN report

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.

The proposals call for new natural gas-fired power plants to adhere to a limit of 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions per megawatt hour

Obama administration unveils aggressive push to impose carbon limits on US power plants

Opponents say regulations will 'write off our huge, secure, affordable coal resources'

Scientists are certain that humans are causing climate change, despite an apparent 15 year 'hiatus' in global warming

Climate change 'hiatus': Scientists seek to qualify evidence of apparent global warming slowdown

International panel fear sceptics will pounce on data that suggests global warming has decreased since 1998, despite rising greenhouse gas emissions

Experts blamed most of the increase on rising emissions from China and India, which still rely heavily on coal for their energy

Halfway to climate change catastrophe: Total amount of carbon burnt since the industrial revolution must not exceed one trillion tonnes, say scientists

Experts have calculated that about 570bn tonnes, or 57 per cent, has been burnt in the past three centuries - meaning the tipping point on carbon emissions is now only 30 years away

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

Bites reported across London and Kent as south east sees influx of Britain's most poisonous spider

Rising temperatures are forcing false widow spiders up north

Temperatures on Earth will soar and seas evaporate leaving the planet lifeless

The good news: Earth can support life for 1.75bn years. The bad news: Climate change could wipe us out first

Scientists calculate planet’s leave-by date, and identify other worlds where life may develop

Bids open on London's flood defence overhaul

Britain's biggest engineers have been asked to develop plans to protect London and £200bn-worth of property from flooding until the end of the century.

Twenty leaders attend a working dinner after the first session of the G20 Summit in St. Petersburg, Russia

A frosty G20 puts global warming on ice

The summit in Russia may herald the end of the stubborn global climate policy recession

Energy Secretary Ed Davey tried he's hand at humour today at the Lib Dem conference - to a mixed reception

Pundemonium! Energy Secretary Ed Davey delivers cringe-inducing gag-filled speech to Lib Dem conference

He concluded the speech, in which he referred to himself as "fracking responsible", by extending an open hand to Labour on climate policy

Liberal Democrats ditch historic opposition to nuclear power

The Liberal Democrats today ditched their historic opposition to nuclear power as activists backed its use in “limited circumstances”.

Looking over Ashness Bridge to Derwent Water and Skiddaw in the threatened Western Lake District

Lake District threatened by nuclear waste again

Controversial plans for toxic dumping back on table eight months after being rejected

Nigel Evans makes a personal statement to MPs in the House of Commons

Nigel Evans should have kept his job - and the taxpayer should have kept that £9,000

Here's the real scandal: It turns out the former deputy speaker is now entitled to a “severance” payment of £9,000 simply for ceasing to do the job

The Yong Sheng is the first commercial Chinese cargo ship to complete the Northern Sea Route

The shipping forecast - it’ll be colder but much, much quicker: New Arctic shipping route saves up to two weeks’ travel between Asia and Europe

Via the Northern Sea Route, ships can make the journey in 35 days, instead of the usual 48

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

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