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Paris climate dealmaker sees signs of progress

  • Video report by ITV News Science Correspondent Alok Jha

The main architect of the landmark Paris climate agreement has said she believes that a worldwide transition to a greener future is on the way - despite the US pulling out of the deal.

Christiana Figueres, the former UN chief climate negotiator, said she already saw clear signs that world leaders and business alike were waking up to the need for changes.

"For many different reasons I can see this transformation, this transition, is underway, she told ITV News Science Correspondent Alok Jha.

Ms Figueres said it was "very sad" to see Donald Trump take the US out of the agreement, adding that he had been "misguided" by his advisors.

She remains confident that the world's biggest economy will sign up again in the future, saying "The US will definitely come back into the fold...unless the United States want to go back into the dark ages - but who does that?"

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Numbers of flying insects in rapid decline

  • Video report by ITV News correspondent Geraint Vincent

Insects make up two thirds of all animals on earth - but the numbers of all types of flying insect are in rapid decline, according to scientists in Germany.

They measured the total biomass of flying insects caught in tent traps in 63 protection areas across Germany over a period of 27 years, and discovered that it had declined by an average of 76%, and as much as 82% in mid-summer.

The dramatic declines occurred regardless of habitat type and could not be explained by weather changes, altered land use and environmental characteristics, scientists said.

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