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The report lists 31 natural and cultural World Heritage sites in 29 countries that are vulnerable to increasing temperatures, rising seas and intensifying weather events

QUIZ: How could climate change destroy World Heritage Sites?

Why is New York's Statue of Liberty under threat of destruction from global warming? How could extreme weather destabilise the masonry at Stonehenge? Find out which of the world's official Heritage Sites are most at-risk of being destroyed by the effects of climate change in our latest flip-card quiz.

Scientists have already warned that unchecked global warming will inflict“severe, widespread, and irreversible impacts” on people and the natural world

Carbon emission release rate 'unprecedented' in past 66 million years

Researchers calculate that humans are pumping out carbon 10 times faster than at any point since the extinction of the dinosaurs.

It is ‘almost impossible’ for UK electricity demand to be met by 2025, engineers say

Engineers warn of looming UK energy gap

The UK is facing an unprecedented "energy gap" in a decade's time, according to engineers, with demand for electricity likely to outstrip supply by more than 40%, which could lead to black outs .

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.

The report found the middle class is becomingly increasingly aware of the risks posed to them by climate change

Global middle class can drive climate action, says UBS

The global middle class could hold the key to mobilising climate action, a new report from financial services firm UBS has claimed.

Total UK solar PV capacity reached 8.4 GW as of November 2015

National Grid seeks more accurate solar data to refine power balancing act

The National Grid has enlisted the help of Sheffield University's solar research team to better understand how much power the UK's ever-growing array of solar panels is producing.

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.

Over 40,000 in Lancaster alone lost power due to the effects of Storm Desmond

Government offers financial aid for flood-hit areas

Communities Secretary Greg Clark has announced that financial assistance will be made available to areas of the UK affected by flooding in the wake of Storm Desmond.

Concentrations of CO2 stood at a global annual average of 397.7ppm in 2014

Earth's climate entering new 'permanent reality' as CO2 hits new high

The Earth's climate will enter a new "permanent reality" from next year when concentrations of CO2 in the atmosphere are likely to pass a historic milestone, the head of the UN's weather agency has warned.

There are around 260,000 business units employing 3.2 million people located in flood risk areas in the UK

Environment Agency urges businesses to prepare for future floods

The Environment Agency has launched its annual Flood Action campaign, calling on businesses to prepare themselves for potentially extreme weather over the coming months.

Tropical forests occupy 7% of the Earth's surface, but absorb nearly a fifth of man-made carbon emissions

Twice the size of Wales: ambitious plans for rainforest protection

Environmental charity Size of Wales intends to double the area of tropical rainforest it helps protect as its contribution to tackling climate change. Here, the charity's Peter Davies explains the role of business in tackling deforestation.

The tidal lagoon will be situated on the eastern side of Swansea Bay, between the docks and a new university campus

Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon hit by delays

Work on building the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon has been delayed to spring 2017 because the government is taking "longer than expected" to finalise a contract for difference (CfD), Tidal Lagoon Power has said.

The complaint demands an investigation into the top 50 investor-owned companies which release the most CO2 emissions annually

Fossil fuel companies face world-first human rights complaint

Chevron, BP and Shell are among 50 oil companies who face an investigation from the Phillipine courts, after accusations that they have fuelled 'catastrophic climate change resulting in human rights violations'.

With the collectors unable to enter a residents home the furniture is either left outside and exposed to weather, or cut up into pieces so it can be transported to landfill

Britons throw away more than 300,000 tonnes of reusable furniture every year

A new report has called on local authorities and manufacturers of 'bulky waste' - waste too big for normal disposal - to put a greater emphasis on the reuse of unwanted furniture.

Climate charity Action Aid said it was seriously concerned about the 'fragile progress'

What went on in Bonn: Climate talks stall ahead of Paris

The UN climate talks in Bonn have been "painstakingly slow" according to some observers, but the final day (Friday) generated some optimism, particularly with regards to funding for poor countries dealing with extreme weather.

The majority of GHG emissions from food occur before produce leaves the gate, in the growing portion of a producers supply chain

Food firms must collaborate to unearth climate risks, says CDP

Some of the world's largest food, beverage and tobacco brands are missing out on significant financial and production quality gains by failing to mitigate climate risks and reduce carbon emissions, a new report has warned.

ATTO is taller than the Eiffel Tower and will start collecting data on heat, water, cloud formation, carbon absorption and weather patterns

Brazil constructs climate tower in heart of Amazon to monitor climate change

Researchers in Brazil have finished constructing a 325-metre high tower that will analyse the Amazon rainforest's gas emissions, to help understand climate change.

Solar windows are primarily organic, made from carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen and oxygen. The different layers in these organic photovoltaics allows for energy collection and coatings giving the panels and transparent look.

Revolutionary solar windows could generate 50 times more energy than regular PVs

An American solar firm has launched a new liquid technology that turns regular windows into solar panels which could be up to 50 times more productive than regular roof-based photovoltaics.

Google said the tool should help more homeowners take advantage of the record-low prices of solar energy

Google could tell you how much solar power your roof can generate

Google can now tell you how much solar energy you could generate by installing solar panels on your house - if you live in the right place.

Wind power generated enough electricity for 72% of Scottish households

Windy July prompts renewable energy surge in Scotland

Wind energy generated power for almost three quarters of Scotland's houses in July, according to new figures released today (4 August).

Red melting snow at high altitude in the Alps. Whilst most of Europe are aware of climate change, far fewer consider it to be detrimental

Climate change: world's wealthiest understand, but only half see it as threat

People living in the world's wealthiest nations generally understand what climate change is but in many countries just half perceive it to be a threat, new research has found.

The launch of the new energy-positive house comes less than a week after the Government scrapped zero-carbon housing targets. Photo: Cardiff University

Britain's first 'carbon-positive' house opens in Wales

The UK's first purpose-built, energy-positive house has opened in Wales, just days after the Government announced it was scrapping energy efficiency targets for new homes.

We have failed to address the system risks of climate change, warns the report

UK Foreign Office: Climate change threat must be handled like nuclear proliferation

Climate change should be treated with the same gravity as the threat of nuclear war, a major new report from the UK Foreign Office has warned.

More than 40,000 farmers have already benefited from Starbucks' Global Farmer Fund

Starbucks allocates £19m for farmers fighting climate change

Global coffee giant Starbucks has added £19m to its Global Farmer Fund which offers loans to farmers help them become more resilient to climate change.

The team, led by the University of Leicester, have used multi-scale entrophy analysis to

Heart disease diagnostic technology reveals 'hidden patterns of climate change'

The human heart has once again provided the inspiration for green innovation, this time with the use of heart disease diagnostic technology to 'measure the pulse of planet Earth', revealing 'hidden patterns of climate change'.

2014 was the warmest on record, according to US agencies

14 of the 15 hottest years on record have occurred since 2000, UN says

Fourteen of the 15 hottest years on record have occurred since 2000, according to the UN World Meteorological Organisation, as rising carbon emissions continue to trap heat and drive climate change.

 From 1980 to 2014, there were 178 'weather events' that cost $1bn or more

Hottest year on record 'bad news for business'

As Nasa figures reveal 2014 was the hottest year on record, the World Resources Institute (WRI) says the soaring temperatures will soon have a heavy cost for businesses.

In December 2013, a huge tidal surge flooded 1,400 homes along the east coast and saw numerous homes tumble into the ocean

Almost 7,000 UK properties to be sacrificed to rising seas

Almost 7,000 homes and buildings will be sacrificed to the rising seas around England and Wales over the next century, according to an unpublished Environment Agency (EA) analysis seen by the Guardian. Over 800 of the properties will be lost to coastal erosion within the next 20 years.

By 2050, the Earth will be home to nine billion people and food production will have to increase by 70%

Sustainable food systems: Alternative recipes to feed the 9 billion

With food security riding high on policymakers' agenda in the wake of the global food crisis, edie has come across some of the more alternative methods of feeding an estimated nine billion people, including seaweed farms, cockroaches, drones and 3D printers...

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.

The plans were released on the five-year anniversary of President Obama's executive order on Environmental, Energy and Economic Performance

US Government steps up climate change action

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released two new plans to reduce its emissions and prepare for the extreme-weather impacts of climate change.

Energy prices fell by almost 7% between the first and second quarters of this year

Hurricane helps wind energy sector overtake nuclear

Wind power energy production in the UK overtook nuclear power-plants last week following Hurricane Gonzalo, prompting a major energy production milestone this quarter.

A blustery Sunday (19 October) saw 24% of the UK's electricity supplied by wind.

Ed Davey attacks coalition partners over pledge to end wind subsidies

Ed Davey, the energy and climate change secretary, has accused his coalition government partners of "reckless" behaviour for their manifesto commitment to end subsidies for onshore wind.

Dutch energiesprong ('Energy Leap') pilot project in Tilburg in the Netherlands. Photograph: Rogier Bos/Energiesprong

Ikea kitchens help sell insulation to Dutch - and UK could be next

Dutch consortia Energiesprong could give zero carbon retrofits to social homes across England, using innovative wrap-around insulated panels, if EU funding is approved.

Demonstrators walk in the 'People's Climate March' in Paris, September 21, 2014

Record CO2 emissions 'committing world to dangerous climate change'

Global greenhouse gas emissions on course to reach record high of over 40bn tonnes in 2014, study in Nature Geoscience says.

The Environmental Audit Committee's report supports calls for the Government to help businesses and communities become more flood-resilient

MPs give 'red card' to Government's green record

The UK's self-proclaimed 'Greenest Government Ever' has been given a 'red card' for its limited progress in reducing air pollution, protecting biodiversity and preventing flooding.

Lord Smith will step down as Environment Agency chairman in early September

Leader interview: Environment Agency chairman Lord Chris Smith

"The biggest challenge for water by a long way is the developing impact of climate change. That's going to determine everything that happens in water policy over the next 30 to 40 years."

End of the line: Extreme weather and flooding have impacted numerous rail lines and services over the past year

Network Rail ramps up weather resilience following UK floods

The rail operator is developing new weather resilience and climate change adaptation plans for all of its routes following the floods that hit numerous services earlier this year.

Paul Kelly was speaking at an event hosted by the Aldersgate Group in Wesminster this week

Water stress and climate change must be 'top priority' for businesses

Any businesses that isn't incorporating climate change adaption or water scarcity issues into its business strategy is taking a 'very great risk' in terms of its sustainability and resilience going forward.

Businesses with no climate change plan risk 'failure'

Businesses, particularly smaller companies, buildings and infrastructure such as transport networks, hospitals and water supplies are all ill-prepared for the extreme weather events related to climate change says a report released today.

The study points out a steady decline in maintenance of flood defences and local roads

UK's national infrastructure 'at mercy' of extreme weather, ICE warns

The growing frequency of extreme weather events in the UK is putting the nation's infrastructure networks at risk, the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) has warned.

The majority of small business owners expressed concerns about how climate change will affect their operations. Photo credit: Rena Schild /

American SMEs already feeling harmful effects of climate change

More than half of small business owners in the US believe climate change will adversely affect their business, with nearly one in five admitting that extreme weather events have already affected their operations.

Power plants and electricity distribution networks are particularly vulnerable to droughts and floods

World's energy systems vulnerable to climate impacts, report warns

Generators from nuclear reactors to coal-fired power plants will feel the brunt of the weather changes.

Polman said that there was tendency for marketers to be blinkered by consumption-based business models

Unilever calls for business 'mindfulness' on consumption

Unilever CEO Paul Polman has questioned whether businesses are in denial over the growing trend for mindful consumption, as he called for companies to widen their understanding on the issue.

Peter Knight is Chairman of The Context Group

Water & Business: How to avoid the looming 'crisis'

In less than 16 years, the UN says that the demand for fresh water will outstrip supply by 40%. Businesses are acutely aware of the impending risks of managing with less water, but many are confused about exactly what to do, and where it should start. Peter Knight provides some clarity.

Waitrose's new pack of mixed tomatoes

Waitrose unveils misshapen tomatoes in bid to cut food waste

Waitrose has announced that it has started to sell a range of misshapen tomatoes in an attempt to cut down on food waste.

Sustainable water management is a key focus of CCE's climate change adaptation strategy

Coca-Cola's river restoration work may shape sustainable water strategy

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) is working to restore two river habitats in the UK which could potentially act as a template model as the company looks to scale up its water stewardship work across the business.

The Warrington-based firm is the UK's largest listed water utility

United Utilities cuts carbon emissions by 11%

United Utilities has reduced its carbon footprint by 11% over the past year, with a recently opened anaerobic digestion (AD) plant taking the water giant's renewable energy production to new heights.

Oxfam singled out Kellogg and General Mills as two of the worst on climate change policies

Emissions from 10 food and drinks companies 'higher than Scandinavia'

Cereal and softdrinks brands among top polluters singled out in Oxfam report for not doing enough on climate change.

Environment Agency chairman Lord Chris Smith:

Lord Smith: Extreme weather is nation's 'number one challenge'

The winter floods have highlighted the danger of building on floodplains and underlines the need to continue improving flood defences to cope with extreme climate, says Environment Agency (EA) chairman Lord Smith.

UN climate change chief Christiana Figueres

UN climate chief to urge business leaders to lobby Government over climate change

UN climate change chief Christiana Figueres will urge UK business leaders to lobby Government to take urgent action to tackle climate change today (5 March).

Yorkshire Water among utilities at 'forefront' of climate change response

Yorkshire Water is a front runner amongst those in the utility sector responding to the challenges brought on by climate change, according to Climate Change Partnership for Yorkshire and Humber's Jon Clubb.

Lord Smith:

Lord Smith staunchly defends EA staff over 'flooding failure' claims

In the face of widespread criticism, Environment Agency chairman Lord Smith has defended frontline staff who have worked solidly over Christmas and New Year to tackle flood-hit parts of the UK, saying dredging is not the answer.

Government must improve UK's flood resilience say leading engineers

A group of the UK's leading engineers have called on the Government to help businesses and communities become more flood resilient following the recent severe weather.

Last year's record-breaking wet year in England could have cost the UK economy close to £600m

CCC: Little progress made on limiting flood risk

There has been limited progress on reducing flood risk in the UK and the rate of deployment would "have to increase by a factor of 20" if the cost effective potential is to be exploited, says the Committee on Climate Change.

Farming sector: 'time to pull plug on water waste'

Government policy must be shaped to enable farmers to better capture water "during times of plenty" to help the industry produce more food during shortages, says the NFU.

IPCC report: human influence 'dominant' cause of global warming

Human influence on the climate system is "clear" and has been the dominant cause of global warming since the mid-20th century, according to the new assessment by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Businesses and households in Fife and the Lomond Hills area of Scotland are being encouraged to conserve water after a dry summer left reservoir levels lower than usual at this time of year

Customers in Fife urged to conserve water after 'very dry summer'

Scottish Water is asking households and businesses to help conserve water supplies in Fife, particularly in the Lomond Hills area. The move is because of the unusually prolonged spell of dry weather and low rainfall, which has left reservoirs and other raw water sources currently lower than normal water levels.

Water issues beginning to 'permeate the mainstream'

Water preservation and scarcity is "on the cusp" of being the next big sustainability issue, says Bloomberg's head of sustainability Lee Ballin.

shape like a tulip, the SPS-ALPHA will include thousands of curved mirrors that would bounce light from the sun onto photovoltaic panels

NASA solar satellite could supply energy for third of the world by 2025

A giant solar-powered satellite that could provide energy to a third of the world is being developed by US space agency NASA.

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.

Solarcentury's Jeremy Leggett with Mayor of London Ken Livingstone

Boroughs encouraged to build green

London boroughs are to receive a report offering support and advice on how to meet targets to build zero carbon developments within their boundaries.

A dry week for some 6,000 Londoners

Thames Water left at least 6,000 homes in southeast London without water for just under a week when a series of pipes burst in the Southwark borough of the capitol.

El Niño blamed for London, Ontario fish deaths

El Niño may be responsible for the death of thousands of fish in the London, Ontario region. The fish were killed during a cold spell last December and early in January. It appears that El Niño-related warm weather created ideal spawning conditions for the fish, which could not then survive the winter.

1999: A La Niña Year

The Hawaiian Islands can expect a slightly wetter and longer than average winter this year due to the effects of La Niña, according to a climate expert with the National Weather Service.

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