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World has five years to make key decisions
The world has more than enough sustainable energy and technology to curb climate change, but only if key decisions are made within the next five years, according to new research by WWF. ... more

Climate change compounds migration crisis
At least 1 billion people will be forced from their homes between now and 2050 as the effects of climate change deepen an already burgeoning global migration crisis, predicts a new report by Christian Aid. ... more

Governments must act urgently on climate change
Between 1970 and 2004, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions grew by 70 per cent, according to the latest UN report on climate change. But it says that climate change can be controlled by curbing GHG emissions, and that this can be done at reasonable cost. ... more

Arctic ice retreating 30 years ahead of projections
Arctic sea ice is melting much more quickly than projected by even the most advanced computer models, a new US-government funded study has found. ENS reports: ... more

Scientists warn on reality of warmer world
The world's scientists issued a grim forecast for life on earth when they published their latest assessment of the impacts of climate change, report David Adam and Ian Trayner in The Guardian. ... more

Many Britons failing to act on climate change
The British government, which prides itself on its green credentials, will have trouble hitting its carbon-cutting targets judging by a survey highlighting the deep gap between public awareness and actions, says this report by Planet Ark. ... more

Huge climate payoff from energy efficient buldings
Europe could reduce its energy consumption by more than a fifth and save up to 45 million tonnes of CO2 per year by 2010 by applying more ambitious standards to new and existing buildings, says a new UN report. ... more

UK carbon emissions still rising
UK carbon dioxide emissions rose again in 2006 and are now higher than they have ever been since the Labour government came to power ten years ago, provisional Government figures reveal. ... more

Global warming study warns of vanishing climates
by James Randerson

By the end of the century up to two-fifths of the land surface of the Earth will have a hotter climate unlike anything that currently exists, according to a study that predicts the effects of global warming on local and regional climates. And in the worst case scenario, the climatic conditions on another 48 per cent of the land surface will no longer exist on the planet at all. ... more

EU climate deal seen as ' a breakthrough'
Despite some criticism that the European Union has not gone far enough in its undertaking earlier this month to tackle climate change, there has been considerable praise for the agreement to cut EU emissions by 20 per cent from its 1990 levels by 2020. The UK has already proposed a draft law which would commit it to reducing its emissions of carbon dioxide by 60 per cent by 2050 (see below). ... more

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