Taking the war out of global warming
I once had a dream (or was it a dram?) in which the things we thought we knew for certain about the world were suddenly turned upside down.
In this strange universe, the cold war seemed to suddenly return, Ireland began to perform consistently at rugby, and arch-climate sceptics began to believe in dangerous levels of global warming.
Imagine my surprise then, on reading this new report from the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF).
Here was one of the world's foremost bastions of contrariness when it comes to man-made climate change, admitting that temperatures were actually rising in response to human emissions of greenhouse gases.
And according to the study, the 2C threshold of dangerous warming would be crossed later on this century.
Frolick and Yap to solve climate change?
Tackling the causes of climate change has worn the patience of some of the world's biggest brains.
Attempts to put together a comprehensive global treaty have stumbled like drunks, somehow remaining on their feet but struggling to gain any forward momentum.
Blue lagoons and higher roads to curb flood threat?
Would a large lagoon the size of 12,000 football fields have prevented the flooding of the Somerset Levels?
According to Roger Falconer, professor of water engineering at Cardiff University, the Bridgewater Bay Lagoon proposal would have helped the waters flow away from the flat lands of the county.
Dabbling ducks struggling in floods
Wildlife organisations are being very careful in assessing the impacts of the recent flooding on species and the environment.
"We are not saying this is a disaster or this is something where wildlife has really suffered," Grahame Madge from the RSPB told me, keenly aware that when people's lives and homes are being threatened by rising waters, concerns about animal life comes a distant second.
Emissions impossible: Did spies sink key climate deal?
The revelations of the NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden, are an ongoing embarrassment for the US government.
From Angry Birds to the mobile phone of Angela Merkel to the banal conversations of millions of people, the scale of the National Secutiry Agency's spying activities knew few boundaries.
'Lame duck versus laggards' in battle for EU climate future
The actions of a lame duck, said one critic. "Burnt out", said another.
The EU commissioners, who leave office in November, were never going to please everyone with their new goals on climate and energy policy unveiled in Brussels this week.
Floods not the only worry for Defra
Given the furious storms and relentless flooding that Britain has endured over the past two months, it is little wonder that reports about MPs criticisms of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) should focus on budget cuts and their impact on flood defences.
But the Departmental Annual Report 2012-13 covers much more than just soggy ground and surging tides, and it deserves some attention.
Will crushing ivory curb poaching?
Green Climate Fund seeks big bucks
One… hundred… billion dollars.
Cue an outburst of Dr Evil-like pinky chewing in the offices of the new Green Climate Fund (GCF), just opened in South Korea.
Gloucestershire badger cull pilot fails to hit 70% target
Missing both the original and the revised badger target for Gloucestershire might be seen by many as evidence that the cull has failed - but that's not the view of Environment Secretary Owen Paterson.
In his statement he says the cull in Gloucestershire has been "successful in meeting its aim in preparing the ground for a fully effective four year trial".