Here's a funny thing. It was possible to stay perfectly busy at the climate talks without going anywhere near the actual talks. This was not about sitting around gossiping over a cup of coffee, although there seemed to be plenty of that going on. Nor was it about dressing up as a polar bear or a lump of coal and waving placards outside.
The final episode of Frozen Planet featured narrator Sir David Attenborough as he explained the ways in which shrinking ice sheets in the Arctic and Antarctic are radically changing life at the poles for all species, including humans. But the seventh instalment of the BBC's extraordinarily successful series has attracted undeserved controversy for its focus on the impacts of climate change.
For the millions of people who've watched and enjoyed Frozen Planet, this final episode may leave them with a clearer understanding of the very real threat that climate change poses to our beautiful and fragile polar regions.
Climatologists have recently issued a warning over global weather patterns, stating that the world will experience more severe storms, droughts and flooding and that they attribute this to increased man-made global warming. Durban should be a wake-up call for the world to listen and act.
Durban III, as the UN's world conference on racism and xenophobia has come to be popularly known, has long been synonymous with aggressively anti-West...
The UN General Assembly sessions, like listings at bookmakers' parlour, have favourites, and on occasions, even clear winners.