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Best wishes from a white land

Richard Black | 10:17 UK time, Thursday, 24 December 2009

Just a quick note, today, to say "best wishes" to everyone about to celebrate Christmas or some other winter festival.

Man and dog in snow on Claphan CommonHere in London, it's been refreshing (in more ways than one!) to see snow on the ground and kids out playing in it - a reminder of childhood days.

For me, it's time to put the laptop away for a few days after the most intense reporting assignment I've ever had, and remember that there are other things in life besides the politics of climate change.

On that note, you'll doubtless have seen that rumblings and recriminations about the outcome of COP15 go on apace - who's to blame, how did it happen, etc. Roger Harrabin and I have contributed final analysis pieces for the BBC website, and you may also like to read Mark Lynas's account from inside the negotiating room in the Guardian.

The climate beat is going to be a somewhat lonelier place next year following the retirement from news reporting (on the final day of the Copenhagen summit) of probably the finest correspondent on the issue in the English-speaking world, Andy Revkin of the New York Times. Here's his account of why he's stepping down and what he's planning.

Not everything Andy has written pleased everybody - that goes with the territory. But as someone who broke a raft of stories during the Bush presidency, always set climate change in the context of other issues such as the growing human population, and regularly offered tantalising titbits of thought and analysis, he contributed to the understanding of climate change more than he probably realises - and his departure leaves a huge hole.

So best wishes to Andy - and best wishes to all of you too. The debates on this blog are almost always feisty, and sometimes phrases are used that I suspect wouldn't be employed if you were all meeting face-to-face... but I hope that amid the harsh words, we do sometimes find sparklings of new insight.

Happy Christmas.


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