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May I be so bold as to suggest something truly different this year? Don't go thinking you'll get away with a fortnight on the beach, for the new decade is ushering in the chance to try all sorts of novel experiences with the kids. I bet you've never taken them on a hunt for komodo dragons and flying foxes on an Indonesian family adventure aboard a schooner. Book this new 16-day family trip with

Letters: Jewish Schools

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The lesson is this: governments are elected; NGOs are not

The Maldives: Enjoy the splendid isolation while it lasts

My eyes are stinging from the salty water which is seeping into my snorkel as I navigate the shallows. The odd fish flits past. I’m heading, I hope, in the direction of the renowned house reef at the Lily Beach resort at Huvahendoo in the Maldives. So far so pleasant, but unspectacular.

Mark Lynas: Copenhagen Notebook

* Being a negotiator is like representing yourself in court when you're accused of murder – not a good idea unless you really know what you're doing. It's a lot better if you're surrounded by teams of lawyers.

Mark Lynas's Copenhagen Notebook

The talks are little better than stalled at the moment – there's a constant sense of ongoing failure, and no sense that any of the parties are coming to the table with anything more positive or substantial, with the exception of a tiny few countries, including the Maldives.

Mark Lynas’s Copenhagen Notebook: 12/12/2009

*It's easy to mock the proceedings here. Upwards of 25,000 people, most of whom came by plane, meeting to write convoluted UN legalese that no one understands and doesn't seem to ever change anything.

What on Earth? The concerned citizen's guide to global warming

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Climate change special: Twelve days to save the world

We face a threat as terrible as the rise of fascism, says Johann Hari. Now we must rise to the challenge

Welcome to the age of extremes

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