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Energy Secretary: UK is leading way on green energy

The world has to move quickly "if it's serious about limiting temperature increase, Dr Rajendra Pachauri, of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change told ITV News today.

Energy Secretary Ed Davey told ITV New correspondent Lewis Vaughan Jones that the report shows a very real threat, but denied that Government hasn't done enough to move towards more sustainable energy.

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Energy Secretary: Climate report a 'stark warning'

Today's UN report on climate change is a "stark warning" about the need to reduce carbon emissions, Energy Secretary Ed Davey has told Sky News' Murnaghan programme.

The Liberal Democrat MP also said the decreasing cost of renewable energy meant decarbonising need not be overly expensive.

I agree we should be doing absolutely everything. This is a stark warning that the world is looking down the precipice if we don’t take action now. But it also says - and some good news - is that the cost of renewables, things like solar and wind, are coming down, so we can go green in an affordable way.

Read: UN report urges move away from fossil fuels

Massive emission cuts 'necessary'

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Massive cuts to global greenhouse gas emissions needed in the next few decades to avoid "dangerous" climate change, a major international report has warned.

It is still possible to keep global temperature rises to no more than 2C above pre-industrial levels by the end of the century, the level at which it is thought dangerous impacts of climate change will be felt.

But substantial reductions in greenhouse gases will be needed, through large-scale changes to energy supplies and use, as well as curbing deforestation and planting forests.

Emissions need to be reduced by 40% to 70% on 2010 levels by the middle of the century and to near zero by 2100, to make it likely temperatures will not go above 2C, the report said.

More: UN report urges move away from fossil fuels

Fossil fuels 'leading to catastrophic climate change'

Environmental campaigners have reacted to leaked drafts of the latest UN report into climate change, saying they showed "catastrophic" climate change could only be avoided by reducing dependency on fossil fuels.

Friends of the Earth's executive director Andy Atkins said we are already on track for four degrees warming "which will be impossible for human society to adapt to".

We have the technology to prevent dangerous climate change. What we lack is the political will of our leaders to strongly champion renewable power and energy efficiency.

– Andy Atkins, Friends of the Earth

Tim Ratcliffe from campaign group 350.org said that 80% of fossil fuels need to stay underground in order to avoid a climate catastrophe.

UN report urges move away from fossil fuels

Campaigners have demanded the world moves away from using fossil fuels, ahead of a major international report by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

The latest report will set out ways to curb rising temperatures by tackling greenhouse gas emissions.

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Campaigners want the world to move away from using fossil fuels like coal in power stations. Credit: PA

The third of a trilogy, the study comes just two weeks after the second part of the report warned that the effects of rising temperatures were already being felt across the world.

It said that without action climate change would increasingly threaten security, health and food supplies, exacerbate poverty and damage species and habitats.

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South east and Merseyside among high pollution areas

The south east, east Midlands,Yorkshire and Humberside, north west and Merseyside and the north east are still suffering from "high" air pollution levels, Defra has warned.

Red and pink represent areas experiencing 'high' pollution levels.
Red and pink represent areas experiencing 'high' pollution levels. Credit: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

A fresh air mass arriving later today is expected to push the pollution eastwards over the North Sea.

Read: High levels of pollution expected to clear

Find out if your area is still affected at the Defra website here

Sightseers dangerously close to crumbling cliff edge

Two sightseers stand at the top of Birling Gap, near Eastbourne, East Sussex.
Two sightseers stand at the top of Birling Gap, near Eastbourne, East Sussex. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Two sightseers have been pictured standing near the edge of crumbling chalk cliffs, seemingly unaware of the danger that could befall them.

A crack can be seen running at the side of the chalk cliffs.
A crack can be seen running at the side of the chalk cliffs. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

The pair were spotted at the top of Birling Gap, near Eastbourne, East Sussex, where around three metres of cliff has fallen in recent months.

hee cottage at Birling Gap near Eastbourne, East Sussex, as work continues to demolish the property.
The cottage near Birling Gap beach as work continues to demolish the property. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Close to where they were standing a large crack could be seen on the cliff-top - a stark sign of how precarious it is at the beauty spot - while a cottage nearby had to be demolished due to the continuing coastal erosion.

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London Ambulance saw 34% rise in breathing problems

The number of people experiencing breathing problems increased by 34 per cent on Thursday, London Ambulance Service has said.

The capital experienced "very high" pollution levels yesterday but air quality is expected to improve today.

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We saw a 34% increase in patients with breathing problems yesterday compared to an average Thu

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People with asthma may also find that they need to use their inhaler more frequently, have it with you at all times

Read: Boris: 'I cycled this morning and it seemed fine to me'

Central London still smothered by smog this morning

Daybreak's Chief Correspondent Richard Gaisford tweeted from London's Parliament Hill:

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Central London still smothered by #Smog. Should clear later as wind brings breath of fresh air. More @daybreak http://t.co/0RKAnLPgdd

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Last day of #smog, environmental groups calling for action on pollution @daybreak. Pic: Torch shows the problem. http://t.co/I7RyB9RAnW

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