Leaders agreed that warming must be stopped, but few specifics were reached on how to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.
Amid recession woes, some politicians see an opening in a system long tipped toward political families.
The global recession has helped reduce aid from wealth nations – even as it pushes millions more into poverty.
The nations meeting in earthquake-devastated L'Aquila are also likely to consider what actions to take on Iran, North Korea.
As rich countries snap up farmland in developing world, calls grow for regulation to prevent what many see as neocolonial behavior.
In the post-Bush era, the major industrial nations meeting this week face pressure to set firm temperature and emission-reduction goals.
Stormy weather could stall this weekend’s launch of space shuttle Endeavour. Forecasters on Wednesday put the odds of acceptable weather at just 40 percent for a Saturday evening launch. Conditions improve only slightly on Sunday.
A balanced, beautifully written book about the horrors of the Bataan Death March.