China says it achieved its goal in Copenhagen climate deal

Chinese negotiators achieved their goal at Copenhagen climate talks in ensuring financial aid for developing nations was not linked to external reviews of China's environmental plans, its top climate envoy said today.

Sales of Fairtrade goods show 30-fold increase in 10 years

Fairtrade grew more than any other sector of virtuous goods in the past decade, according to an audit of ethical shopping in the Noughties.

Green lobby attacks failure of leadership

Early today environmentalists reacted with great dismay at the accord, while there was still confusion as to its exact status.

Tony Juniper: China is a country that dislikes being told what to do

Like many of the developing nations, China feels the West isn't taking enough of the burden

Debatewise: Hot air in a cool climate

Maybe it’s because it’s the pantomime season, but the Copenhagen climate change conference is sliding slowly towards farce. The rich countries, major developing countries and the small island states can’t agree on who should cut emissions, how deep those cuts should be, and how much aid should go where – which just about sums up the whole basis of the agreement.

PM calls for ambitious climate deal

Gordon Brown demanded more ambition from countries deadlocked in climate change talks today but conceded that it could take up to a year to secure a binding international deal on global warming.

Climate talks on brink of failure as time runs out

Gordon Brown holds series of meetings in desperate bid to help salvage deal

Danish PM takes direct control of climate talks

The Danish prime minister today took direct control of the UN climate talks in Copenhagen as efforts were ramped up to secure a new deal on global warming.

The sticking points holding up climate deal

Gordon Brown has warned it may not be possible to get a deal in Copenhagen, where more than 190 countries are attempting to thrash out a new agreement on tackling climate change. But what are the sticking points between countries?

Johann Hari: It's the protesters who offer the best hope for our planet

They've ensured the corporate lobbyists punching holes in the deal are shamed

Climate conference: 'Make bankers pay for deal'

Britain and France back tax on financial transactions to support poor countries while Ethiopian plan would also impose levies on airline and shipping industries

Developing countries return to climate talks

Developing countries today agreed to resume climate change negotiations in Copenhagen after a half-day suspension.

Let's get our act together, Miliband tells climate ministers

Environment ministers must "get their act together" to put international talks to tackle climate change back on track and deal with unresolved issues, Ed Miliband said today.

Hopes of global emissions deal at Copenhagen begin to fade

200 more arrests as police take zero-tolerance approach to protesters

UK giving £1.5bn to climate fund

The European Union has agreed a £6.5 billion three-year package to fast-track the response to global warming in the poorest countries, of which Britain will provide £1.5 billion, it was announced today.

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English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

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League system no longer measures up

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Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
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