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The bad news first: In 2015, the concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in our planet's atmosphere exceeded 400 parts per million (ppm) for the first time in millions of years.

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In the last six months, the UK has generated more of its electricity from solar panels installed in fields and on houses than was generated using coal. Meanwhile, the European Union has today voted to ratify the Paris climate treaty.

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The amount of sea ice left at the end of the Arctic summer shrank to the second lowest level since records began in 1979.  The low point was reached on 10 September 2016, when sea ice covered 4.14 million square kilometres (1.6m sq miles).  The lowest level ever recorded was in 2012, when Arctic sea ice covered just 3.39 million square kilometres.

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On 15 September 2016, after a seven week delay to review security concerns, UK Prime Minister Theresa May gave Hinkley Point C,  the UK's first new nuclear plant for a generation the go-ahead.     Hinkley C, on the north Somerset coast, is being jointly financed by France's EDF, which is investing £12bn and China General Nuclear (CGN), which is investing £6bn.

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Yesterday, the Working Group on the Anthropocene (WGA), made up of 35 of experts from around the world proposed that a new geologocal epoch - the Athropocene - needs to be declared. The scientists made their recommendation to the International Geological Congress in Cape Town, South Africa.

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The UK's Environmental Audit Committee has called for microplastics to be banned from being used in products like facial scrubs and toothpastes because of the pollution they are causing in the world's oceans.

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