Electric vehicles boost climate 'nirvana' in the Himalayas

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Image caption Bhutan's towering Himalayan peaks means it has a huge amount of hydro-powered electricity

Happiness? What's that?

Colleagues might say that a mouth full of cake and Ireland winning the rugby world cup would see me eternally content.

In fairness, one of the above might make me a tad less grumpy. For a while.

But surely the idea of "true" happiness is one of those concepts that only appeals to the young and the easily impressed - like Santa Claus. Or Kevin Pietersen.

Consider for a minute, a broader definition.

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Could the smell of the sea help cool a warming planet?

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Image caption Tiny bubbles get lofted into the air by the churn of the sea

Ah, the summertime sizzle of a shell-strewn beach, the bracing odour of the briny sea. There's nothing quite like it really.

If you happen to be on a beautiful beach, do take a good, deep, invigorating sniff!

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Australia carbon plan sends shudder through neighbours

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Image caption Drought in Australia has been made worse by climate change according to researchers

The remnants of burnt carbon have been causing Australians all over the world to hang their heads in shame in recent days.

But the painful loss of the Ashes, cricket's most ridiculous trophy, to England, isn't the only CO2 related problem facing the Lucky Country.

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Will Kerry strike gold at Lima climate talks?

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Image caption John Kerry's attendance is being seen as evidence the US wants to make up for Copenhagen's failure

The US secretary of state John Kerry will arrive in Lima today to push forward global climate negotiations, taking place in the city.

Mr Kerry is the most senior American official to attend the talks since President Obama went to Copenhagen in 2009 - an event that didn't end particularly well.

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'Skunk power' creates confusion over nuclear fusion

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Image caption Lockheed Martin is working on a device that could become a compact fusion reactor

Aerospace giant Lockheed Martin is doing its best to shatter my favourite science cliche.

"Nuclear fusion is just 30 years away - and always will be."

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Will Obama's climate surprise deliver a global deal?

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Image caption China and the US agree a deal on climate but does it bring a global treaty any closer?

We are a fickle bunch, us earthlings.

Back in 2009, the US signed the Copenhagen Accord and pledged that they would cut their emissions in 2025 by 30% compared to 2005 levels.

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Strictly come warming: Swing time at the UN

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Image caption UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon launched the IPCC Synthesis Report in Copenhagen

Where would you rather be on a Saturday night?

Watching those familiar faces, admiring the nimble footwork, laughing at the catty comments?

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Climate summit advances towards Paris deal

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Image caption There was some cheer for Ban Ki-moon at the New York climate summit

Despite the absence of India and Australia, a majority of prime ministers and presidents did as Mr Ban had asked. They came to New York with pledges of action.

The French promised a billion dollars for the Green Climate Fund, a significant amount you might think, but miles from the goal of getting a hundred billion a year by 2020.

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The 'green blob' loves Mr Ban - but for how long?

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Image caption Mr Ban was joined by other high-profile friends for the march

Former British Environment Secretary Owen Paterson would not have been a happy chappy if he had been in New York for the culmination of a global day of protest against a lack of political action on climate change.

In Mr Paterson's words, the world of environmental activism is the green blob - "a mutually supportive network of environmental pressure groups, renewable energy companies and some public officials who keep each other well supplied with lavish funds, scare stories and green tape".

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