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The US National Climate Report, published last week, combines submissions from 13 separate federal agencies. It states that climate change is already harming the lives of some Americans, with ‘substantial damages’ likely to be caused if temperatures continue to rise in an uncontrolled way.

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A new report from the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), the body for the United Nations’ meteorology experts confirms that levels of the main greenhouse gases - carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide and methane - are now all at record levels.

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In a new report from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), it has been recommended that tree planting should double by 2020, with land currently used for meat and diary production being converted into woodland. The report states that beef and lamb production in the UK should be reduced by 20-50%. This would free up between 3 and 7 million hectares of grassland, which could then be planted with trees. These newly-created forests could help to soak up CO2 from the atmosphere, reduce the impacts of flooding and provide a new source of biofuel.

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The lexicographers from Collins Dictionary have examined 4.5 billion words of text in order to name 'single-use' as their word of the year for 2018. The word, which refers to items that are made to be used once then thrown away has seen a four-fold increase in its usage since 2013.

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The European Parliament yesterday backed a proposed directive to ban single use plastics by 571 votes to 53. The proposal suggests banning single use items like plastic straws, cotton buds, straws, drink stirrers, disposable plates and cutlery by 2021, while enforcing the recycling of 90% of plastic bottles by 2025.

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On Monday, a report by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), based on the findings of more than 6,000 scientific studies has stated that we have just 12 years left in which to ensure that global temperature changes are limited to 1.5C above pre-Industrial levels.

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British adventurer and extreme athlete Ash Dykes, from North Wales, has just arrived at his first major milestone during Mission Yangtze, his third world-first record attempt to walk the entire 4,000 mile length of the Yangtze river in China - one the world’s genuine and last remaining world-firsts.

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A new report has pointed to a bleak future for many of the world’s killer whales (orcas). In fact, it says that at least half of the world’s population are likely to become extinct because polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are still leaking into the world’s oceans, despite having been banned by the US in 1978 and the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants in 2001.

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