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Media coverage of UN climate science reports: why it matters

ANALYSIS: Is climate change an uncertain science, ideological struggle or opportunity? The way it is framed in the media affects public perception

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Climate change blamed as erratic downpours hit Pakistan's harvests

NEWS: Late rains were unusually heavy this year, say local farmers, affecting winter crops of wheat, oilseed and potato

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Warming oceans storing up long term climate impacts, says WMO

NEWS: Sea surface temperatures warmer than average across parts of Pacific and Atlantic in 2014, says UN weather agency

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Arctic sea ice falls to new winter low as climate fears intensify

NEWS: Warming temperatures across North Pole credited with falling ice levels, months before UN primed to deliver climate pact in Paris

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Antarctic snowfall set to increase as region warms

NEWS: More snow could fall in Antarctica, with the ice that builds up flowing to the ocean and raising sea levels

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EU demand for leather, soy and palm oil driving illegal deforestation

NEWS: Campaigners say bloc must tighten import laws, citing loss of 2.4 million hectares of tropical forests to farmers and industry

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World's carbon emission growth levelled off in 2014

NEWS: Carbon levels still rising fast but IEA says stall in last 12 months indicates new clean energy policies may be having an impact

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Soaring population increases flood and drought threat to cities

NEWS: As cities expand, scientists predict an increase in urban land vulnerable either to flooding or drought by 2030

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IPCC calling: Who will head up the UN's top climate science body?

BRIEFING: Three candidates have been nominated to succeed Rajendra Pachauri as chair of the IPCC, with seven months to the election

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Himalayas count cost of damage from soot, methane and HFCs

NEWS: Impact of short lived pollutants likely to be felt across Indian subcontinent as Himalayan melt accelerates

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Global warming raises California's drought vulnerability

NEWS: US researchers say climate change, not random chance, is likely to be causing California’s long drought, one of the worst on record

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Climate change a likely factor in Syria civil war

NEWS: Researchers link climate to drought that affected Syria nearly a decade ago − and helped spark country’s conflict

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Scientists confirm 'critical link' between CO2 emissions and warming

NEWS: High-precision field instruments in the US have provided the first real-time “action shots” of the increasing impact of CO2

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Natural ocean cycles behind global warming pause, say scientists

NEWS: Temperatures may be rising more slowly than expected because of two oceanic cycles lasting half a century

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Ocean acidification attack on algae damaging marine ecosystems

NEWS: Development of group of alga may be stunted as oceans absorb more carbon dioxide, with widespread effects for marine life, say scientists

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Rajendra Pachauri allegations will not affect IPCC work, say officials

NEWS: UN climate science panel says it will examine its policies on harassment in light of Pachauri harassment allegations

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Scientists to deploy ocean cameras as acidification fears mount

NEWS: Thermal cameras could measure ocean temperatures, while microwave sensors could measure ocean salinity, say scientists

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China's coal use fell 2.9% in 2014

NEWS: New government statistics indicate significant drop in coal use, with 0.7% drop in 2014 emissions projected by analysts

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Global warming likely to accelerate after "pause", say scientists

NEWS: Scientists says 1% chance of two decade hiatus – but once it ends, expect rapid rise in temperatures to begin

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Air pollution crackdown will reduce climate uncertainty - study

NEWS: A decline in levels of aerosols in the atmosphere will make it easier to forecast the speed of climate change, scientists have found

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