News Rocha turns away after scoring for Uruguay in the 2-1 win over France at White City during the 1966 World Cup group stage

The exquisitely skilful Uruguayan attacker Pedro Rocha was billed as the man most likely to deal an early blow to England's dreams of footballing glory in the opening match of the 1966 World Cup finals at Wembley.

Environment: Is it El Nino, or just another cold winter?

The weather phenomenon known as El Nino, which caused a devastating drought in South-east Asia and floods in east Africa, is also disrupting the climate of Europe, according to scientists at an environment conference in Japan. Richard Lloyd Parry in Kyoto assesses the evidence.

Environment: Wildlife feels the heat from our climate folly

Wildlife as well as people will be endangered by man-made changes in climate, two leading conservation groups will tell the Kyoto climate treaty meeting today. Nicholas Schoon, Environment Correspondent, looks at their claim that plants and animals are already giving early warning of a warming world.

Investment Column: Bad news is good news for AEA

The worse the news gets from the Kyoto earth summit in Japan this week, the better it will suit AEA Technology, the consultancy and engineering arm of the Atomic Energy Authority, privatised just over a year ago.

Environment: Kyoto gets off to an icy start

An agreement on measures to save the world from global warming appeared further away than ever last night with the European Union accusing the United States of trying to find loopholes. Richard Lloyd Parry reports from the first day of the Kyoto climate summit.

Letter: Too many people

Sir: Sam Boote's letter (1 December) , suggesting that global warming is due to changes in the sun, not carbon dioxide emissions, misses the point.

In Kyoto, the grey suits decide what kind of a world her children will live in

Japan singled out the United States as the key to the success or failure of the world conference on climate, which opens today in the ancient Japanese city of Kyoto.

Weather: Warming or cooling?

The world climate conference that begins today in Kyoto, Japan, is being described as the last great environmental battle of the 20th century. When it comes to global warming, however, the difference between responsible behaviour and panic is too close to call.

Environment: Clinton shackled by barons of the energy industry

The United States can singlehandedly make or break the Kyoto conference on global warming. Mary Dejevsky in Washington warns that domestic constraints severely limit President Clinton's room for negotiation.

If it's Tuesday it must be Delhi as Prescott takes to shuttle diplomacy

The Deputy Prime Minister is trying to get agreement on global warming. Geoffrey Lean reports

It may be our last chance

This week 166 countries can halt global warming. Geoffrey Lean believes they might just do it

Kyoto Summit: Greedy Americans and nice, wet Europeans - the politics of weather

How will the Kyoto Climate Summit, which starts on Monday, play in most of the British media and across Europe? Well, something like this. The greedy, selfish US, with its air-conditioners and big cars and isolationist, right-wing politicians, refuses to stop guzzling fossil fuels and insists on remaining the world's biggest climate-polluter - out of short-term self-interest. But the enlightened European Union holds out to the last minute, insisting that all the wealthy countries make a big cut in their greenhouse gas emissions. In the end there is some weak and disappointing compromise that does little to save the world from flood, drought and searing heat.

The heat is on, in the world's warmest year

British scientists warn that by 2050, 100 million more people could be facing extreme drought due to mankind altering the climate. And this year is set to be the world's warmest, according to a Met Office report released yesterday. Nicholas Schoon and Colin Brown report on a grim forecast.

Letter: Planet of doom

Sir: The appearance of Venus in the December sky ("Venus's rivers of molten chalk", 25 November) is indeed timely, coinciding with next week's Kyoto conference on global warming.

Taking the green road to Kyoto

There is only one way for the truly dedicated environmentalist to get to the Kyoto climate summit in Japan - by train, ship and bicycle. Nicholas Schoon spoke to weary travellers who have done just that.

Weather: Taking a cool look at the threat of global warming

As the nations of the world posture before next week's Kyoto conference on climate change, the task of reaching agreement on reducing greenhouse gas emissions looks impossible. But it may not matter much - the scientific case for global warming is by no means as clearly established as some politicians think.
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