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Have your say on sustainability, Eurostar and the Young People's Trust for the Environment's competition for young people aged 11-18 is now open for entries, giving the future generation of voters the chance to share their views with MEPs in Brussels.

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On 31 March 2014, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issed a new report on climate change and its effects on our planet. Some 309 lead authors from 70 countries consulted with thousands of experts to compile the report.

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Almost at the last minute at the ‘Conference of the Parties’ – the climate talks taking place in Warsaw – an agreement was reached. This followed mass walkouts by NGOs, who were unhappy at lack of progress being made earlier in the week. Mostly, delegates seem to have agreed to put off agreeing any real action until a new round of climate talks, scheduled to take place in Paris in 2015.

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Around 800 delegates representing some of the world’s leading environmental groups have walked out of the latest round of climate talks, being held in Warsaw, Poland. It’s not hard to see why they felt driven to it. It has taken a long time for the world’s scientists to agree that human activity – specifically our use of fossil fuels – has been a cause of accelerated climate change. However, that agreement has finally been reached and the evidence shows that emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) caused by human activities are causing climate change.

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Yesterday the World Meterological Organisation (WMO) announced that levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) were at the highest level ever recorded during 2012. Last year there were 393.1 parts per million (ppm) of CO2 in the atmosphere, an increase of 2.2ppm on 2011 and 141% of the atmospheric CO2 level in the year 1750, when CO2 was at 278 ppm.

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Arctic ice volumes were at a new low this winter. The European Space Agency’s radar satellite, Cryosat has been observing the volume of the ice in the Arctic for the last three years. It estimated that there was a little under 15,000 cubic kilometres of ice in March/April 2013, when the ice is at its thickest. This is less than half the amount of ice there would have been just 30 years ago. The ice was thinner than usual this year, and thickness is more important than just the area the ice covers, which previously has been the measure used.

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