All-time high Antarctic temperatures have been recorded by the World Meteorological Organisation and icebergs are breaking away faster than we think.
It feels like Christmas has come early. Everything we have been discussing and debating since the Copenhagen climate change meeting in 2009 and the Rio Earth Summit in 2012, seems to have come together. It is what we do now that will be what define us though. Will 2015 be a wasted promise or a defining moment?
The Paris Agreement reached on 12 December is a triumph of the human spirit, built around the world class diplomacy of France
French may no longer be the language of international diplomacy, but French diplomats have not lost their touch.
I was told to bring gifts to my first Chinese business negotiation. Something British, and expensive. Arriving I indulged in the obligatory double-handed presentation of business cards and studiously examined my counterpart's credentials. 'Give him face' I was told. I was ebullient with esteem, commenting on the seniority of his position and the size of his office.
It seems poetically fitting that Paris, named the 'city of lights,' in part, for its birthing of the age of enlightenment, will, in a few weeks, be the host for the most important climate change summit the world has ever seen. Hopefully these negotiations will similarly usher in an age of new thinking, one which shifts the current state of play in how we relate to our planetary home.
The mass grave in Tacloban during Haiyan's first anniversary. The mass grave in Tacloban are lined with white crosses. Survivors
Many countries in Asia are extremely vulnerable to climate change. For this reason, the Conference of Parties (COP) 21 which
Change is created by turning points. Whether through evolution or revolution, turning points in history have changed the way we think, move, communicate, live. We are at a turning point now. A decisive hour when a historical event occurs, when a decision must be made, when we have understood that the consequences of the past need us to intentionally and decisively redefine the future.
It is only 50 days until what might be the most important climate conference, the COP 21 in Paris. This week in Bonn diplomats