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Marco Magrini reports for Geographical on daily events at the COP21 UN climate change conference in Paris
World leaders are preparing for COP21 in Paris, two weeks which many hope will conclude with a binding deal on emissions, in order to fight climate change. Geographical presents expert views on four key factors that will be at play

The heat goes on

Claims of a ‘hiatus’ in global temperature rises are found to be nothing but hot air

Canada and the climate

Canada has voted in a new Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, showing what some call a ‘desire for change’. Geographical takes a look at the new Canadian leader’s climate and environmental plans
In the film The Day After Tomorrow, one of the world’s vital ocean currents suddenly collapses, sending the northern hemisphere into a new ice age. New climate models show the repercussions that may occur following such an event

Call to action

Hot on the heels of the Pope’s climate change encyclical, a group of Islamic scholars has released its own call for adoption of ambitious goals at the Paris COP21 summit in December
Since it was announced in August, President Obama’s Clean Power Plan has proved divisive

Sparking interest

Lake Maracaibo in northeast Venezuela experiences the most lightning in the world. Almost every night, the clouds crackle with 100,000 to 400,000 volts of energy, lighting up the sky for miles

China’s emissions turn

China has long been cast as one of the world’s biggest climate villains. But new evidence suggests this reputation may soon be a thing of the past
The full scale of the state’s ongoing drought crisis is being described as ‘completely without precedent’
Glaciated regions are all responding separately to climate change, however, glaciologists confirm that melts are happening on a global scale and at a faster rate than ever before
Underground water movement in caves reveals climate action above

Storm birds

The golden-winged warbler is elusive and can apparently predict severe storms. But science is catching up with the bird

Katrina: A decade later

Ten years after Hurricane Katrina killed at least 1,500 people and caused $300billion in damage to the south-east US, Geographical examines the potential for future storms and what has been done to prepare New Orleans for a similar event

Defining the human age

Debate over the nature of the term ‘anthropocene’ as a name for our current human-influenced age is widespread, both in and out of the realm of geography

El Niño is back in town

As the infamous Pacific climate event El Niño is declared for 2015, what does this means for weather conditions around the world?
When it comes to social media, climate change sceptics are the least connected
The commitments to cutting carbon dioxide emissions currently set out by the EU, the USA and China are still likely to result in significantly more carbon in the atmosphere than the limits needed to keep the world below the two-degree…

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