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Ocean acidification triggered mass extinctions 252 million years ago

NEWS: The biggest extinction ever known on Earth resulted from oceans turned acid by CO2, the main gas driving human-caused climate change today

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Polar bears hit by twin threats of pollution and climate change

NEWS: Plastic waste, toxic pollutants and climate adding pressures on polar bears in Arctic say researchers

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Permafrost 'carbon bomb' unlikely but melt danger rising

NEWS: Arctic’s frozen soil holds billions of tonnes of organic carbon – and global warming could speed its escape

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Twitter failing to bridge gap between climate activists and sceptics

NEWS: Opposing groups as far apart as ever says new research based on tweeting habits of those in climate change arena

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Canadian glaciers could start to disappear by 2040 - scientists

NEWS: Climate change could cause many glaciers in western Canada to start to disappear by mid century, affecting people and places that depend on their water

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East Asia pollution seeps into the heart of Borneo's rainforest

NEWS: Air quality in Borneo’s rainforests is being affected by pollution from human activities in China

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Chile faces "critical situation" as floods and droughts batter country

NEWS: Citizens describe environmental catastrophe as rains batter the north while the south suffers drought and wildfires

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Tougher climate pledges 'could save millions of lives'

NEWS: Goals to clean up energy production and transport will also cut air pollution and save countries billions in fossil fuel imports, say scientists

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Shrinking Antarctic ice shelf raises sea level concerns

NEWS: Evidence of rapid reduction of West Antarctica’s shelf ice could have serious implications for global sea levels in a warming world

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Scientists develop extreme beans to withstand intense heat

NEWS: Researchers say new varieties of a tropical crop essential to people’s survival in Africa and Latin America

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Satellite data indicates sea levels rising faster than expected

NEWS: Scientists analysing satellite data warn that rises in sea level are increasing threats to coastal cities and food security

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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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