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Scientists warn that global warming target will be overshot within two decades, as annual concentrations of CO2 set to pass 400 parts per million in 2016

Carbon dioxide levels in atmosphere forecast to shatter milestone

Atmospheric concentrations of CO2 will shatter the symbolic barrier of 400 parts per million (ppm) this year and will not fall below it our in our lifetimes, according to a new Met Office study.

Coachella Valley in California, which is facing one of the most severe droughts on record

2015 smashes record for hottest year, final figures confirm

2015 smashed the record for the hottest year since reporting began in 1850, according to the first full-year figures from the world's three principal temperature estimates.

Energy demand on Christmas Day is expected to spike when the final episode of Downton Abbey aires on ITV at 8:45pm

National Grid: Downton Abbey set to cause 400MW Christmas surge

National Grid has predicted the last ever episode of Downton Abbey will cause a power demand pick-up of 400MW when it is aired on Christmas Day this year.

Fireworks night and still weather have led to very high pollution levels in England and Wales

Air pollution from fireworks night 'very high'

The government is urging people to reduce their physical activities, particularly outdoors, after pollution levels across much of England and Wales peaked because of a combination of fireworks night and unusually still weather.

Burgeoning wind power led to several coal-powered stations being taken offline

Record-setting Sunday: Wind supplies a quarter of UK power

A blustery Sunday saw 24% of the UK's electricity supplied by wind.

Solar panels being installed at the Met Office HQ in Exeter

Wettest year on record has little impact on Met Office solar array

The Met Office's 250 kilowatt (kW) solar array has out-performed initial estimations despite poor weather over the past 12 months.

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