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Climate change: Five things we’ve learnt from COP24

[ad_1] Image copyright Kiara Worth/IISD/ENB Delegates to the UN climate conference in Poland have reached agreement on how to implement the 2015 Paris Climate Accord, which comes into force in 2020. What are the key points to come out of the meeting?1. The rules are key to the gameHowever dull it may be, the operational rules for the 2015 Paris climate agreement will govern the way the world tackles climate
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Climate change: Urgency the main theme as COP24 opens

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA Image caption Demonstrations took place in European cities, including Brussels, ahead of the talks in Poland The most critical meeting on climate change since the 2015 Paris agreement has opened in Katowice, Poland. The COP24 conference started a day early due to the pressures on negotiators to make progress. Ex-chairmen of the talks have warned the world "is at a crossroads" and "decisive action in the
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Climate change: Last four years are ‘world’s hottest’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images The year 2018 is on course to be the fourth warmest on record, according to the World Meteorological Organization.It says that the global average temperature for the first 10 months of the year was nearly 1C above the levels between 1850-1900. The State of the Climate report says that the 20 warmest years on record have been in the past 22 years, with the 2015-2018
UK News

Climate change: UK summers could be over 5C warmer by 2070

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The UK faces wetter winters and drier summers In its first major update on climate change in almost 10 years, the Met Office has warned of significant temperature rises in the decades ahead.The UK Climate Projections 2018 study is the most up to date assessment of how the UK will change over this century.It says that under the highest emissions scenario, summer temperatures
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Medical device rules need ‘drastic change’ to protect patients

[ad_1] Urgent and drastic changes to the rules around medical devices, such as pacemakers, are needed to protect patients, according to the Royal College of Surgeons. It wants a register of every device in every patient set up so doctors know if new innovations are causing harm.An investigation by 58 media organisations has uncovered patients being given implants that were unsafe.The government said it would look at what changes may
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Climate change: Report warns of growing impact on US life

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA Image caption The report warns that the frequency of wildfires could increase if climate change is unchecked Unchecked climate change will cost the US hundreds of billions of dollars and damage human health and quality of life, a US government report warns."Future risks from climate change depend... on decisions made today," the 4th National Climate Assessment says.The report says climate change is "presenting growing challenges to
Politics

EU embalming fluid ban ‘to change funerals’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Grieving loved ones may no longer be able to pay their last respects to dead relatives when the EU bans the chemical in embalming fluid.That is the fear of Britain's funeral directors after MEPs voted to restrict the use of formaldehyde.The EU says it will protect workers' health and save lives.And - in a concession secured by a Conservative MEP - it has delayed the
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Definition of kilogram set to change

[ad_1] Image copyright SPL Image caption The master kilogram, sealed in a jar and stored in a safe in Paris, no longer weighs the same as this "exact" copy - which researchers say is "not scientifically acceptable" Scientists are set to change the way the kilogramme is defined. Currently, it is defined by the weight of a platinum-based ingot called "Le Grand K" which is locked away in a safe
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Climate change: Low cost, low energy cooling system shows promise

[ad_1] Image copyright Yang Lab / University of Colorado Boulder Image caption The roof array that can cool a house with little energy use Researchers in the US have scaled up a new low-cost system that could provide efficient cooling for homes while using very little electricity.The team has developed a roof-top sized array, built from a highly reflective material made from glass and polymers.In tests, the system kept water
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Anti-plastic focus ‘dangerous distraction’ from climate change

[ad_1] Image copyright Riverford Organic Farmers Image caption Guy Singh-Watson's company supplies organic vegetables to tens of thousands of homes each week. The anti-plastic "fervour" sweeping across the UK is weakening the fight against climate change, the founder of an organic food company has said.Guy Singh-Watson, a prominent green entrepreneur and campaigner, said more focus should be put on cutting carbon. PM Theresa May has pledged to ban all avoidable