Weekly news round-up: Climate change talks underway in Paris, plus flood warning for Wales

Have a read of this week's top five rural and environmental news stories 

Climate change demonstrators march to demand curbs to carbon pollution in London on November 29, 2015 on the eve of the climate summit in Paris. Oscar-winner Emma Thompson called on world leaders to grab the "historic" opportunity to reach a deal on tackling climate change as she joined tens of thousands of environmental protesters in London today.
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1. Flood warnings as rain batters Britain

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Nearly a month’s volume of rain expected to fall in parts of Wales, with wintry showers forecast for Northern Ireland and Scotland

The Guardian

2. COP21: High-level climate talks open in Paris

High-level climate talks have begun in Paris, aimed at signing a long-term deal to reduce global carbon emissions.

BBC News 

3. Third Heathrow runway: Cabinet committee expected to back proposal this week

Boris Johnson, currently the mayor of London, and Zac Goldsmith, who is standing to become the city’s next mayor, are both against the idea.

The Independent 

4. Lead poisons ‘100,000 birds annually’

About 100,000 wetland birds are killed every year from poisoning by discarded lead ammunition, say scientists.

BBC News

5. Large range of birds ‘thriving on shooting estates’

Studies find 81 species on three Scottish grouse moors, including eagles and hen harriers

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The Telegraph