Climate negotiators have agreed a pact that would for the first time force all the biggest polluters to take action on greenhouse gas emissions, but critics said the action plan was not aggressive enough to slow the pace of global warming.
New Zealand has been criticised for its "irresponsible'' lack of commitment to stopping climate change.
Developing states most at risk from global warming rebelled against a proposed deal at UN climate talks, forcing host South Africa to draw up new draft documents in a bid to prevent the talks collapsing.
Durban must deliver the road map to a global climate agreement, European Commissioner for Climate Action writes Connie Hedegaard.
The plans for a new global deal on climate change lie broken and abandoned. The usual suspects are meeting again, this time in Durban, but there is even less hope of progress than there was in Cancun last year.
The Arctic zone has moved into a warmer, greener "new normal" phase, which means less habitat for polar bears and more access for development, an international scientific team reported.
The mystery of how a subglacial mountain range the size of the Alps formed up to 250 million years ago has finally been solved and could help map the effects of climate change, scientists say.
A greener Central Otago in future with fuller rivers and lakes during winter and spring was the picture painted by climate scientist Jim Salinger when he was in the district last week to talk about climate change.
The world's governments and relief agencies need to plan now to resettle millions of people expected to be displaced by climate change, an international panel of experts said today.
There are calls for greater co-operation between the Dunedin City Council and Otago Regional Council to help prepare for climate change in the South.
Scientists who are working on various concepts for "geoengineering" the climate are almost comically eager to stress that they are not trying to come up with a substitute for reducing carbon dioxide emissions, the main cause of man-made global warming.
Setting the record straight and circulating good information on climate change is the aim of three climate commentators who will be holding seminars in Otago this week and in early October.
Retrieving sediment samples from the sea bed more than 2.3km below an Antarctic ice shelf has led University of Otago researcher Prof Gary Wilson to an inescapable conclusion: human activity has pushed the Earth to the edge of climate instability and it is up to humans to change that.
The world's climate is not only continuing to warm, it is also adding heat-trapping greenhouse gases even faster than in the past, researchers said today.
Sea level has been rising significantly over the past century of global warming, according to a study that offers the most detailed look yet at the changes in ocean levels during the last 2100 years.
The Dunedin City Council's newest employee, sustainability adviser Michelle Hayward, took some time to gather her thoughts when asked to explain why the city should start planning for climate change.
The Emissions Trading Scheme comes under the spotlight this week as part of the World Environment Day activities in Central Otago.
It is fortunate for the world that "the grandfather of climate change", Dr James Hansen, is a stubborn man.