Camilla Royle

Requiem for a Species

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Clive Hamilton, Earthscan, £14.99

Requiem for a Species is promoted as the first book to spell out the implications of humanity's failure to reach an agreement at last year's climate talks in Copenhagen.

The conclusions Clive Hamilton draws are often alarming. He points out, for example, that our carbon dioxide emissions over the past century have already increased global average temperatures by 0.8 degrees Celsius, and as there is a delay before greenhouse gas emissions cause warming there is an additional 0.7 degrees Celsius of unavoidable warming on the way.

Micmacs

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Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet; Release date: out now

Micmacs is the story of Bazil, whose father is killed by a French landmine while fighting in Morocco and who is himself accidentally shot in the head by a bullet made by a different French company.

Finding himself homeless and forced to scrape a living busking on the streets, Bazil comes across a troop of scrap metal dealers living in a makeshift home on the outskirts of Paris. When he comes across the offices of the two arms manufacturers that caused his problems he decides to seek revenge - with the help of his new friends.

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