After a week of UN climate talks, some money is finally on the table and a draft agreement has been circulated.
Dunedin will have to "roll with the punch" when hit by climate change - riding out higher seas, more severe flooding and a host of other challenges, a leading New Zealand climatologist says.
Wealthy nations would commit to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the next decade, and the world should strive to nearly eliminate them - or at least cut them in half - by 2050 under a draft agreement circulated today at the UN climate talks.
At a critical time, the uproar over stolen emails suggesting scientists suppressed contrary views about climate change has emboldened sceptics - including US congressional Republicans looking to scuttle President Barack Obama's push for mandatory reductions in greenhouse gases.
The top US environmfental official told a divided UN climate conference that the Obama administration's moves to "make up for lost time" and cut greenhouse gases would complement congressional action and wasn't intended to bypass recalcitrant lawmakers.
Australia has recorded its hottest six months ever, and is well on track to have the second hottest year since records began, the Bureau of Meteorology says.
This decade is on track to become the warmest since records began in 1850, and 2009 could rank among the top-five warmest years, the UN weather agency reported on the second day of a pivotal 192-nation climate conference in Copenhagen.
The largest and most important UN climate change conference in history opened on Monday, with organisers warning diplomats from 192 nations that this could be the last best chance for a deal to protect the world from calamitous global warming.
The Copenhagen summit is set to do "real business" because of President Obama's decision to attend its crucial final stage, says Climate Change Minister Nick Smith.
The world is entering talks on a new climate pact with unprecedented unity and leaders must seize the moment to create a turning point in the battle against global warming, the UN's top climate official said today.
Retired science teacher Peter Foster, of Waikouaiti, believes the case for global warming is anything but settled. Here he explains his views (links are in italics).
Climate scientists say temperatures in New Zealand have risen 1degC between 1931 and 2008.
A United Nations food agency says climate change could push more people into hunger in the Pacific islands, by ruining crops and forests and damaging the fish industry.
A global network of aid agencies has called on governments to do more to reduce the impact natural disasters caused by climate change will have on poor countries.
President Barack Obama is considering setting a provisional target for cutting the United States' huge greenhouse gas emissions, removing the greatest single obstacle to a landmark global agreement to fight climate change, writes Suzanne Goldenberg in Washington.
Email exchanges and information involving New Zealand climate scientists is among data stolen and leaked by hackers of a British university computer system.
New Zealand's glaciers are continuing to shrink, the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (Niwa) says.
A leading climate change scientist whose private e-mails are included in thousands of documents that were stolen by hackers and posted online said the leaks may have been aimed at undermining next month's global climate summit in Denmark.
Prime Minister John Key has dismissed as a photo opportunity December's United Nations conference in Copenhagen aimed at clinching a new global climate deal.