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AMERICAN climate change scientist Dr James Hansen enjoyed spring in the city as he arrived to collect this year’s Edinburgh Medal.

The 24th recipient was given the prestigious honour last night at the City Chambers.

The 70-year-old brought climate change to the world’s attention in the 1980s when he testified to Congress in his home country.

Since then he has said he believes that the threats posed by global warming have increased substantially because of the absence of effective government policies.

Dr Hansen said: “I am honoured to receive the Edinburgh Medal and I hope that I can use the occasion to draw attention to the urgency of addressing climate change.”