Participants at the opening of the Summit of Conscience for the Climate in Paris. Photograph: Reuters/Etienne Laurent/Pool

The close of the international climate conference on December 11th could well be a cliffhanger. Newspaper editors may be tempted to prepare alternate (...)

A climate change advocate  in Manila, the Philippines. Today’s “World Wide Views” meeting is a unique experiment in simultaneous civic participation. Photograph: Noel Celis/AFP/Getty Images

From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, people from 80 countries will come together around the world today for the largest ever global debate on climate change(...)

Late-night wrangling between UN members in Lima secured agreement between developing and rich nations on a framework  to cut pollution. Photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

After a marathon round of negotiations in Lima, sleepless delegates from all over the world have produced a road map that should lead to a historic in(...)

United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon with Peru’s minister of environment Manuel Pulgar Vidal arriving for the opening of the high-level segment of the UN Climate Change Conference in Lima on Tuesday. Photograph: Enrique Castro-Mendivil/Reuters

The Lima climate conference “must deliver” a coherent draft text that will provide a “solid foundation” for negotiations leading to an international (...)

The  venue for the  UN Climate Change Conference  in Lima:  There was shock this week over a report that Japan had given $1 billion in loans to help some of its biggest firms build three coal-fired plants  in Indonesia.  Photograph: Mariana Bazo/Reuters

Environmentalists are demanding much stronger rules for what “climate finance” can be used for after discovering that $1 billion in funding from Japa(...)

 UN climate conference in Lima told this year is on track to be the hottest year on record, or at least one of the top three. Photograph: Mariana Bazo/Reuters

This year is on track to be the hottest year on record, or at least one of the top three, according to a provisional statement released at the UN c(...)

A file pictured  from January  2013, shows a large statue of a giant panda darkened by heavy smog in Beijing, China. Intensive talks over the past year or more led to Wednesday’s historic announcement in Beijing that the US would cut its emissions by up to 28 per cent by 2025 while China said its emissions would peak in 2030 or earlier. Photograph: Diego Azubel/EPA

Tackling climate change always boiled down to what the world’s two largest economies and biggest emitters of greenhouse gases – the US and China – wer(...)

UN Convention on Climate Change executive secretary Christiana Figueres: insists  last week’s six-day meeting delivered “fresh clarity”. Photograph: Karim Jaafar/AFP/Getty Images

The world’s governments are running out of time to conclude an effective international agreement on climate change by the end of next year, following(...)

Christiana Figueres   of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change: Bonn   “will give governments the important opportunity to further develop a cohesive text” for  a deal. Photograph: Henning Kaiser /AFP/Getty Images

Delegates from all parts of the world have gathered in Bonn for the last round of negotiations on a new climate agreement prior to this year’s UN c(...)

World leaders cannot fail to respond to what United Nations climate chief Christiana Figueres has called an “unprecedented public mobilisation” for ac(...)