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At last, the climate changes

Environment Editor Michael McCarthy witnesses the successful conclusion of the UN talks on global warming – and explains why the deal is good news

Climate deal on a knife edge at the 'zombie' conference

Ministers and officials from nearly 200 countries appeared to be inching towards a new international deal on countering global warming in the UN climate talks in Cancun late last night, although the eventually outcome was still hanging in the balance.

Cancun: The creature from the swamp

Don't go to the artificial Riviera Maya to debate climate change, but it's a great beach resort. Sankha Guha samples Mexico Club-Med style

Let MoD tackle climate, says Lucas

Responsibility for climate change should be transferred to the Ministry of Defence as the single most important threat facing the nation, the Green MP Caroline Lucas said yesterday. Only if global warming is classified as an issue of "national survival", like a military threat, will it be treated with the urgency it now needs, she told the Sustainable Planet conference in Lyon.

Mexican police capture drug cartel's most fearsome hitman 'La Barbie'

Impeccably groomed and holding back a smirk, he looked more like an off-duty polo player than one of the world's most wanted drug barons. But this was Edgar Valdez Villarreal, the brutal gangland enforcer whose pale skin, blond hair and occasionally sunny disposition meant that he became known across Mexico by the incongruous nickname "La Barbie".

Why failure of climate summit would herald global catastrophe: 3.5°

The world is heading for the next major climate change conference in Cancun later this year on course for global warming of up to 3.5C in the coming century, a series of scientific analyses suggest. The failure of last December's UN climate summit in Copenhagen means that cuts in carbon emissions pledged by the international community will not be enough to keep the anticipated warming within safe limits.

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The battle for the beaches of Cancun

Mexico's best-loved sun and sand destination is fighting fierce and hard to stop the erosion of its beaches, but is the cost too high? Sarah Barrell reports

'I'm not quitting' says under-fire UN climate boss

The much-criticised head of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Dr Rajenda Pachauri, gave a vigorous defence of his position last night, accepting there had been mistakes in the IPCC's work, taking responsibility for some of them, but robustly refusing to stand down.

Traveller's Guide To: Mexico 2010

It's been 200 years since this alluring nation gained independence from Spain – and a century since the Mexican revolution. So why not join the party?