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Global climate deal push as CO2 levels soar

Greenhouse gas levels have reached record highs, making climate change negotiations more urgent

Greenhouse gas (GHG) levels reached a record high last year as major emitters burnt more coal and the earth's ability to deal with climate changing gases appeared to wane, increasing the urgency for a global deal after years of deadlocked talks between the world's largest emitters.    Although the world's largest emitters say they are taking determined steps to slow growth in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, such as shutting coal plants and encouraging wind and solar energy, the latest figures on GHG levels have amplified calls to slash emissions through an ambitious global deal. A report from the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) on 9 September was another reminder of the legacy that t

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