Climate Change Conference-goers in Doha learned Wednesday that 2012 will go down as one of the hottest years on record. A provisional statement by the UN warns of rising temperatures and melting ice.
Environmental activists from Greenpeace demonstrate in the water by holding images of landmarks during the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico. According to the UN weather agency, 2010 is 'almost certain' to rank among the three hottest years on record, and in a report issued Tuesday, experts said glaciers in southern South America and Alaska's coastal mountains have been losing mass faster and for longer than glaciers elsewhere in the world.
Young Buddhist monks react to camera at the Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya, India. Bodh Gaya is the town where Buddha is believed to have attained nirvana, or enlightenment 2,500 years ago. An year-long commemoration of the 900th birth anniversary of the First Karmapa, Dusum Khyenpa or the Karmapa lineage begins Wednesday.
Israeli security forces take up positions during clashes with Palestinian youths, in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiyeh. The clashes started after a protest against Israel's house demolitions in Issawiyeh.
Hundreds of international supporters gather on an island on the Belizian Barrier Reef off the coast of Belize City, on Nov. 13. to form a human banner asking if the end is near for Belize and other endangered coral reefs around the world. The action was on the final day of the three-day Belize Reef summit which urged global leaders to take strong action at the upcoming United Nations climate talks in Cancun, Mexico.
A new report finds that the much maligned Copenhagen Accord could give negotiators at global warming talks in Cancun, Mexico, next week something to build upon.
More than 100 countries will turn out the lights on March 27 for Earth Hour, casting normally illuminated icons such as Sydney's Opera House and Beijing's Birds Nest into darkness. But expect the NCAA basketball tournament to stay on TV.
THE NETHERLANDS: 17 percent wage gap. The Netherlands has dropped its wage gap about 10 percentage points from two decades ago to bring it just below the OECD average of 18 percent. In the Netherlands – with a population of 16.7 million and average income of $39,000 – 70 percent of women have paid jobs. A Dutch woman attends speed skating events at the Richmond Olympic Oval as part of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.
Yvo de Boer, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), steps down, effective July 1.