In the run-up to the United Nations conference on climate change, scheduled to be held in Copenhagen, in December 2009 there is a great deal of discussion and speculation about what legal agreement should emerge from that conference.

Maurice Strong has shaped how nations respond to planetary crises. Ehsan Masood meets the man whose successes

Nicola Pirrone may need all the help he can get next week. In the hallways of a conference in Guiyang, China, Pirrone

If policy-makers are to reach international agreement on greenhouse-gas emissions at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change conference in Copenhagen in December, they need to be optimistic that their decisions could have swift and overwhelmingly positive effects on climate change. The reality is less certain, but no less urgent.

During the last few decades of the neoliberal-imperial globalisation process, social relations have been fundamentally transformed. Neoliberalism was never a purely market-driven process but also a shaping of other social relations and institutions, especially of the state.

Will Rotterdam Convention put controls over the killer mineral? PRODUCERS of chrysotile asbestos, India, Russia and Canada, will again try to scuttle any controls over the mineral under the Rotterdam Convention that allows countries to monitor and control trade and use of hazardous chemicals. Conference of parties (CoP-4) to the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent (PIC)

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US President George Bush signed off with a defiant farewell over his refusal to accept global climate change targets at his last G8 summit. As he prepared to fly out from his final G8 summit in Japan, he told his fellow leaders: "Goodbye from the world's biggest polluter.'

President Bush made the private joke in the summit's closing session, senior sources said yesterday. His remarks were taken as a two-fingered salute from the President from Texas who is wedded to the oil industry.

World leaders met this week in Toyako on the Japanese island of Hokkaido to discuss climate change