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An unusually lengthy period of warm weather in northern Russia, along with a flow of warmer waters from the Atlantic Ocean has meant that the Laptev Sea, Siberia's main nursery of sea ice in the Arctic has still to begin freezing. Ocean temperatures have recently been more than 5C above their average in the region, following a summer heatwave.

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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has today announced an investment of £160 million in offshore wind energy, which will enable every home in the UK to receive electricity generated by wind power by 2030. Speaking at the virtual Conservative Party Conference today, he pledged to make the Covid-19 pandemic a catalyst for growing a new, greener economy in the UK.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping has announced to the United Nations General Assembly that China will aim to reach carbon neutrality by 2060, having hit peak emissions before 2030. His announcement came a week after the European Union pledges to reduce its carbon emissions by 55% by 2030.

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The UK looks set to bring forward its ban on sales of new petrol and diesel-powered vehicles from 2040 to 2030. An announcement was planned for later this week, but will now be put back until later in the year, as the government focuses on tackling the new increase in Covid-19 infections. The 2030 ban is supported by the Committee on Climate Change, the government's advisory panel.

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The Greenland ice sheet lost 532 billion tonnes of ice in 2019. The rate of melting has been monitored since 2003 and 2019’s ice loss was more than double the average of 255 billion tonnes and broke the previous record, set in 2012, by 15%.

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