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58-year-old needed 200 stitches after the animal tore through muscle in his thigh and hip

200 nations, one mission: to repair the mess left by Copenhagen

The conference which begins in Cancun today must restart the battle to lower emissions, says Michael McCarthy

Leading article: Let us not doom Cancun to failure before it even begins

Snowfalls grip swathes of Britain. Temperatures in Wales dip to minus-17. As Britain shivers in the kind of freezing winter that we normally associate with Eastern Europe, it's hard to remember that the world is at the tail end of the hottest, or second hottest, year on record. That is the problem with global warming. The steady rise in temperatures is incremental and often almost undetectable, especially in the cold northern hemisphere, where some feel tempted to celebrate the prospect of more Mediterranean-style summers.

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

Leading article: Cancun: Where's green Dave now?

Remember the environment? This newspaper does. The Prime Minister, on the other hand, seems to have forgotten his promise after the election to lead "the greenest government ever". There is an obvious explanation for his early onset amnesia, which is that the voters have become markedly less willing to make personal sacrifices for the sake of a distant, global objective in times of economic stringency. But that is precisely the kind of opportunism to which we feared that David Cameron was prey when he posed on a sled in the Arctic or insisted that the recession made it more important that he stuck to his green message, not less.

Chris Huhne: Cancun needs realism, not blind hope

Progress towards an agreement to limit climate change is possible at talks in Mexico this week. But it will be slow

Don't let us down: UN climate change talks in Cancun

As world leaders meet in Mexico, people in poor countries fear little will be done

Johann Hari: There won't be a bailout for the earth

Why are the world’s governments bothering? Why are they jetting to Cancun next week to discuss what to do now about global warming? The vogue has passed. The fad has faded. Global warming is yesterday’s apocalypse. Didn’t somebody leak an email that showed it was all made up? Doesn’t it sometimes snow in the winter? Didn’t Al Gore get fat, or something?

Prescott calls for voluntary climate change agreement

Lord Prescott today called on countries to agree on principles for voluntarily fighting climate change amid widespread recognition that a legally-binding deal on global warming will not be struck at the upcoming UN talks in Mexico.

Climate negotiators must push for global deal says Huhne

The international climate talks in Mexico next week need to get the world "within shouting distance" of a deal to tackle global warming, Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne urged today.

Climate talks 'should focus on green growth'

The next international climate talks should focus on convincing countries of the merits of "green growth" rather than pushing for more ambitious targets on global warming, the former UN top climate official said today.

Fears for security of climate conference

A gang of suspected kidnappers arrested by Mexican marines had detailed plans of security arrangements for next week's UN climate change talks in Cancun, the Milenio newspaper reported.

Leading article: The world urgently needs this deal

It was supposed to be the silver lining to the global downturn: economic activity would slow, causing widespread misery, but at least the environment would get some breathing space as carbon emissions fell. Well that breathing space has turned out to be more of a desperate gasp.

Traveller's Guide: Mayan Riviera

New flights from Gatwick make Mexico's Caribbean coast more accessible than ever. Mick Webb explores the beaches, wildlife and ancient culture

BA passenger numbers up 7%

Almost 7% more passengers travelled on British Airways flights last month than in October 2009, the airline announced today.

Stay the night: Azul Sensatori, Cancun

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