CITES species meeting: 'The only game in town'

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Image caption Poster boy: Between the 1940s and 1970s, the Nile crocodile suffered from over-zealous hunting

A big hand for the Nile Crocodile, the poster animal for the argument that regulated international trade can save endangered species.

Though perhaps a gentle round of applause from a suitable distance might be a tad more appropriate.

For as well as being a fearsome killer of humans, or anything else that strays into its path, the green eyed monstrous nile croc is also the source of a highly valued leather, that fashion houses turn into expensive handbags, belts and shoes.

Between the 1940s and 1970s, over zealous hunting caused these thick skinned creatures to be listed on the IUCN Red List as endangered in many parts of sub-Saharan Africa and Madagascar.

Fast forward 50 years and nile crocodiles are doing reasonably well. They are no longer listed as endangered and organised crocodile farms meet the demand for their skins without threatening the wild populations.

So what changed?

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Exxon: An inconvenient truth

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Image caption An ice sculpture suggests Exxon knew about the science of climate change but failed to act

In the hot and humid conditions of downtown Dallas, the #Exxonknew ice sculpture - erected by environmental campaigners to suggest the company had known about the science of climate change but had failed to act - did not last too long.

And the activists were hoping the same thing would happen to Exxon, a company that has fended off efforts to make it toe the line on climate change for a quarter of a century.

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First big test for Paris climate deal

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Image caption UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and French President Hollande join in the celebrations

Do you remember the day we saved the world?

When COP President Laurent Fabius smacked down his gavel on December 12, it signalled that agreement had been reached at the UN climate conference in Paris on one of the world's most intractable environmental and economic problems.

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Can 'pay as you glow' solve Malawi's power crisis?

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Image caption This canal feeds a small-scale hydro scheme in the village of Bondo, Malawi that powers 250 homes

Two months ago, Bill Gates reminded us of a stunning bit of information.

The amount of electricity per person in sub-Saharan Africa is lower today (excluding South Africa) than it was 30 years ago.

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Supreme shock: Has US court holed Paris climate deal?

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Image caption President Obama's Clean Power Plan aims to restrict carbon and boost renewable energy

Have five elderly, conservative Americans stalled what President Obama called the "best chance we have to save the one planet we've got"?

Despite all the noise from those stumping for Trump and feeling the burn for Bernie, the decision by a majority of the nine men and women who make up the US Supreme Court to temporarily halt President Obama's Clean Power Plan, may have significant implications for the world beyond New Hampshire and the other 49 states.

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Did Dubya help to save the world?

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Image caption Cheers COP21! Did President Bush unwittingly play a role in developing the Paris Agreement?

Who should the world really thank for delivering a comprehensive, ambitious agreement that promises to deal with the issue of climate change over the course of this century?

Laurent Fabius? Christiana Figueres? Francois Hollande?

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Has history been made at COP21?

I'm not a fan of hyperbole, but it would be churlish to say the adoption of the Paris Agreement was anything other than a globally, historic moment.

This carefully worded document that balances the right of countries to develop with the need to protect the planet is a truly world changing instrument.

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COP21: Five unanswered questions at climate conference

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Image caption Protesters have been raising climate change awareness at the COP21 climate conference

The latest draft version of a potential world changing agreement represents a substantial improvement on previous versions.

It's much shorter, with the key text of the actual agreement running to just 14 pages - the number of square brackets, indicating areas of disagreement, has reduced significantly to around 300 from more than 900.

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COP21: Will it be absolutely Fabius in Paris?

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Image caption French foreign minister Laurent Fabius is insisting the climate conference will finish on time

As ministers arrive and this conference enters its final week, two big questions remain.

Can the politicians seal a deal that will have long-term implications for the health of the planet - and can the French change their hard-earned reputation for grumpiness on an epic scale?

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Now that the leaders have left COP21, what happens next?

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Image caption The hand of history? COP21 president Laurent Fabius with French leader Francois Hollande

Many negotiators will have breathed a big sigh of relief - the bosses have come and gone.

Everyone said the right things. The prospects of a deal, haven't been harmed, even if they weren't hugely advanced.

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