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COP21: Paris climate deal is ‘best chance to save planet’

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BBC News : The climate deal reached in Paris is “the best chance we have to save the one planet we have”, US President Barack Obama has said. He said it could be a “turning point” towards a low-carbon future. China, the world’s biggest polluter, also hailed the deal, as did India. But some campaigners said it did not go ...

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Geo-engineering no quick fix for climate change

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By Tarek Bazley | In the 23 years since the world first gave serious recognition to the issue of climate change, at the1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, carbon emissions from fossil fuels have moved in one direction: up. In 1992, it is estimated, 6.13 billion tonnes of carbon was emitted from fossil fuel consumption and cement production. Today, ...

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Climate delegates agree draft deal text

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By Matt McGrath Environment correspondent, BBC News, Paris Delegates at a UN climate conference in Paris have approved a draft text they hope will form the basis of an agreement to curb global carbon emissions. The 48-page document will be discussed by ministers on Monday. They will try to arrive at a comprehensive settlement by the end of next week. The ...

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Virgin presses 747 jumbo into space action

Virgin Galactic's newest pilot Kelly Latimer makes the announcement at an event in San Antonio, Texas

By Jonathan Amos BBC Science Correspondent Sir Richard Branson is reassigning one of his old Virgin Atlantic 747-400 jumbos to the service of space. The jet will be the launch platform for the satellite rocket being developed by another of the entrepreneur’s companies – Virgin Galactic. The 747 will carry this booster to high altitude where it will be released to ...

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COP21: Paris conference could be climate turning point, says Obama

Organisers hope the Paris talks will be a vintage year and will bear fruit

BBC News : US President Barack Obama has said the UN climate conference in Paris could be a “turning point” in global efforts to limit future temperature rises. Negotiators from 195 countries will try to reach a deal within two weeks aimed at reducing global carbon emissions and limiting global warming to 2C (3.6F). Leaders from 147 nations have been ...

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