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Forest FireA Russian man watches a forest fire burn in Beloomut, in summer 2010. Experts have linked the likelihood of such fires with global warming. Photograph: Andrey Smirnov/AFP/Getty Images

So far, global warming has been limited to a rise of around 0.75C since the end of the 19th century. This sounds like a small change, but the scientific evidence suggests it is already leading to a range of impacts around the world. As we'll explore in future questions, these impacts includes changes to sea level, rainfall patterns, ecosystems and some kinds of extreme weather.

Read more: Does a small temperature rise actually matter?

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Climate Agenda1The Climate Change Agenda After Cancún: Part I

By Myles Estey

This is a four-part series. Part I examines the follow-up agreement to the Kyoto Protocol. Part II examines the REDD+ agreement. Part III examines financial assistance. And Part IV examines technology transfers and adaptation.

CANCÚN, Mexico -- Observers and participants at December's climate change summit in Cancún, Mexico, routinely identified a follow-up agreement to the Kyoto Protocol as one area where progress was essential. The odds of reaching one were not promising. With just one year left on the Kyoto treaty, and Japan firm in its stance that it will not permit an extension beyond the 2012 expiration, there was not a lot of room for maneuver to get an agreement on the table at Cancún. 

Read more: The Climate Change Agenda After Cancún

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Korean Ecological Youth Group

In the photo: Members of the Korean Ecological Youth group protest against developed countries' emissions of greenhouse gases by walking with a sign saying ''Shut Down Dirty CO2 Market''. Picture taken November 13, 1998. (Credit: Reuters/Rickey Rogers)

(Reuters) - Asia's powerhouse economies are turning cautious on national plans to price emissions and instead pursuing incremental steps that could delay a global carbon offset market.

Pressures from business and uncertainty over the shape of a U.N. climate pact mean the region will be reluctant to impose steep carbon costs while competitors such as the United States struggle to take action on emissions caps.

Asia is opening doors to trade carbon or energy efficiency certificates and promoting investment in renewables at the local level, which analysts say in a positive development though not ideal.

Read more: Analysis: Asia's climate steps could delay global CO2 market

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