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Global warming kills about 160,000 people through its effects every year, scientists have warned. And the numbers dying from the 'side effects' of climate change, such as malaria and malnutrition, could almost double by 2020, they say.

The study, by scientists at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the World Health Organisation, concludes that children in developing countries are most vulnerable to the impact of global warming. Most deaths would be in developing nations in Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia.

Meanwhile, Russia is failing to keep its earlier pledge to ratify swiftly the Kyoto protocol aimed at reducing the greenhouse gas emissions blamed for global warming. The pact needs Russian ratification to enter force.

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