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Pakistan Facing Climate 'Calamity' if Warnings Go Unheeded

Karachi, 2050: The sprawling megacity lies crumbling, desiccated by another deadly heatwave, its millions of inhabitants suffering life-threatening water shortages and unable to buy bread that has become too expensive to eat.

It sounds like the stuff of dystopian fiction but it could be the reality Pakistan is facing. With its northern glaciers melting and its population surging -- the country's climate change time bomb is already ticking.

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Climate Talks: Blood, Sweat and Tears

Tears flow often -- blood has once -- as climate negotiators from 195 nations gather every year in a different corner of the world for a physical and emotional endurance race.

Nerves are known to fray as the delegates' high-stakes mission to save humanity clashes head-on with the intransigence that comes from their other mandate to defend narrow national interests.

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Climate Change: How Bad Can it Get?

Ministers in Paris have until Friday to conclude a 195-nation pact to stop Earth's climate becoming inhospitable to humans and other species.

If humankind continues to emit greenhouse gases unabated, the average global temperature by 2100 will be about 5.2 degrees Celsius (9.4 degrees Fahrenheit) higher than pre-Industrial Revolution levels.

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Progress as Crucial Climate-Saving Blueprint Released at U.N. Talks

French hosts of 195-nation climate rescue talks released a crucial new blueprint Wednesday, reporting important progress but some sticking points two days ahead of the deadline for a U.N. deal.

Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said the document revealed "emerging compromises" on the way to a historic agreement to rein in heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions that warm the planet.

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Paris Climate Summit: Developing Countries Angry over Financial Plan

Wealthy nations have come under attack from developing countries over proposed financial commitments designed to help them deal with the effects of global warming.

The row, which came at the close of the first week of the crunch Paris climate talks, was over the wording of a proposal in the draft text of a potential agreement released on Friday, which became the subject of long negotiations into the early hours of Saturday morning.

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Bhutan has ‘Most Ambitious Pledge’ at the Paris Climate Summit

The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan has made the world’s most far-reaching climate promise to the Paris climate summit, according to new analysis from a respected climate change think tank.

Almost three quarters of the mountainous nation is covered in forests, often watered by snowmelt rivers, and Bhutan has pledged to reforest its land even further. Last summer, it set a world record for the most trees planted in one hour – nearly 50,000.

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Honduras, Myanmar, Haiti Top Risk List for Extreme Weather, Climate Group Says

Honduras, Myanmar and Haiti top a new list of nations hardest hit by two decades of storms, floods, landslides and droughts that killed more than half a million people, climate analysts say.

They warn of more frequent disasters if Earth's overheating cannot be tamed.

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Climate Change is Threatening the Seabirds of St Kilda

The survival of seabirds including puffins and kittiwakes on St Kilda – the island archipelago home to one of the world’s most important seabird populations – is being threatened by climate change, striking new evidence shows.

Naturalists have discovered that the kittiwake, a small migratory gull with ink-black wing tips, is on the brink of disappearing from St Kilda. The remote cluster of Scottish islands in the eastern Atlantic is the UK’s only place with two Unesco world heritage site listings – for its culture and natural history – and one of only 24 sites with a dual listing worldwide.

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Beijing Slashes Traffic in Pollution Red Alert

Half of Beijing's private cars were ordered off the streets Tuesday and many construction sites and schools were closed under the Chinese capital's first-ever red alert for pollution.

A grey haze descended on the city of around 21.5 million people, with levels of PM2.5 -- harmful microscopic particles that penetrate deep into the lungs -- at one point above 300 micrograms per cubic metre according to the U.S. embassy, which issues independent readings.

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U.S. Envoy Kerry Joins U.N. Climate Talks to Drive 'Ambitious Deal'

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Paris on Monday for the final intense days of negotiation at a U.N. conference seeking a landmark pact on climate change.

Senior U.S. officials said Washington was cautiously optimistic the talks, scheduled to end on Friday, would unlock an ambitious deal to lower carbon emissions and combat the impact of global warming.

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