Global emissions of carbon dioxide are set to rise again this year to reach a new record high, scientists have warned.
Despite increasingly urgent warnings over the need to curb greenhouse gases to avoid "dangerous" climate change, emissions are estimated to be rising by 2.5% this year, to a record 40 billion tonnes.
The stark warning that time is running out to tackle greenhouse gas emissions comes ahead of a major UN conference on climate change on Tuesday.
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Thousands of people marched through Central London earlier to highlight the climate change crisis to the UK government. Similar rallies also took place simultaneously across the globe.
Actress Emma Thompson says people who deny that man-made climate change is taking place are "a little bit bonkers".
Speaking to ITV News, the Harry Potter and Love Actually star also described the reliance on polluting fossil fuels as "a form of collective suicide".
Demonstrations are taking place around the world ahead of a major UN conference on climate change on Tuesday.
Over 2,000 protests have taken place around the world, including in London.
Among the speakers at the New York summit will be Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio, who was recently made a UN 'Messenger of Peace' to help promote international action on climate change.
On the UN Climate Summit, Desmond Tutu has said that we all have a "duty to persuade our leaders to lead us in a new direction"
As responsible citizens of the world – sisters and brothers of one family, the human family, God's family – we have a duty to persuade our leaders to lead us in a new direction: to help us abandon our collective addiction to fossil fuels, starting this week in New York at the United Nations Climate Summit.
The most devastating effects of climate change – deadly storms, heat waves, droughts, rising food prices and the advent of climate refugees – are being visited on the world's poor.
Those who have no involvement in creating the problem are the most affected, while those with the capacity to arrest the slide dither. Africans, who emit far less carbon than the people of any other continent, will pay the steepest price. It is a deep injustice.
The Archbishop emeritus of Cape Town and a Nobel peace laureate was writing in the Observer.
Lightning strikes sparked a fire in the roof of St Michael's Hospital, Rayne Road, Braintree amid storms that swept across the south east, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service said.
Crews were called in after lightning struck the roof of a hospital building this morning. The lightning strike caused a fire in the roof.
On arrival the incident commander reported that there was a fire in the roof and that the entire building - which measures 16 by six metres - was completely smoke logged.
Wearing breathing apparatus and using two hose reel jets firefighters had extinguished the fire by 09:12hrs.
Part of a hotel roof has collapsed after a blocked drain caused water to pool, the Essex County Fire and Rescue Service said.
Crews were called in after the roof of the hotel partly collapsed causing problems with the electrics.
On arrival the incident commander reported that a blocked drain in the roof had caused water to pool and part if the roof had collapsed.
Firefighters isolated the electrics and pumped water from the drain.
An Environment Agency has posted a satellite image showing "big storms" North of London.
1st visible satellite pic of day shows cooler drier weather over Scotland heading SE. Big storms N of London. http://t.co/Y2rk3Ka90P
The Met Office has warned of further heavy showers and thunderstorms through to Saturday evening, with the main risk becoming confined to southern parts from late afternoon.
It also warned of potential for isolated disruption due to surface water flooding and lightning strikes.