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Department of Energy and Climate Change scrapped

The appointment of Greg Clark as a new Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Secretary spells the end for a department which put climate change at the top of the agenda.

Greg Clark arriving at 10 Downing Street Credit: PA

Just eight years after it was created by then prime minister Gordon Brown, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (Decc) is being merged into Mr Clark's new department and losing the "climate change" part of its name.

Environmentalists immediately reacted to the "shocking" news, voicing fears that the reshaping of departments showed the Government was downgrading climate change as a priority.

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Emotional scenes at climate talks as nations agree deal

There were emotional scenes at the Paris climate talks as nearly 200 nations finally agreed a deal to attempt to keep temperature rises "well below" 2C.

That excitement was understandable given the historic deal has been 20 years in the making:

Video report by ITV News science correspondent Alok Jha.

Obama welcomes Paris climate agreement

The US president has welcomed the Paris climate change agreement, saying it demonstrated "what's possible when the world stands as one".

Barack Obama emphasised the US role in the developments that led up to the Paris agreement, including the US role in the earlier 2009 Copenhagen talks, but said the Paris agreement had only been achieved because nations came together.

"Today the American people can be proud because this historic agreement is a tribute to American leadership. Over the past seven years, we've transformed the United States into the global leader in fighting climate change," Obama said.

He said the agreement was not perfect, but that it "establishes the enduring framework" to solve the climate crisis.

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