These negotiations take place against the backdrop of increasingly dire predictions about the results of climate change. 2014 was the hottest year on record.
Sometime this year, the International Court of Justice is expected to hear a true David-and-Goliath challenge to the world's nuclear powers.
The climate change negotiations went into overtime, with extended session that lasted two days beyond the scheduled adjournment.
Canarians and tourists formed a giant 'SOS' on a beach in Spain's Canary Island of Fuerteventura protesting oil drilling.
Yet another major spill in the routinely oil-plagued Alberta, Canada, has left the swamps of Red Earth Creek polluted.
The latest in a long series of UN-sponsored talks is convening in Lima, Peru. The goal is to lay the basis for a climate treaty deal in Paris in Nov. 2015.
A delegation traveled to Cuba to work with researchers to promote cooperation between the United States and Cuba in the field of marine conservation.
"Fracking must be banned in Germany without any exceptions. They want to enforce a regulation which mostly allows fracking under the guise of an alleged ban."
The environment is no longer a niche topic backed by a passionate minority, Achim Steiner said, but is clearly linked to economic and societal issues.
Although Cuba is a logical partner for the U.S. to collaborate with on medical research and development, the longstanding U.S. embargo severely limits trade, travel and exchanges .