The IPCC, Elvis and the elephant in the room
Everywhere you go in Berlin there are nostalgic echoes of the past - in the shadow of the wall's remnants, old Trabants take tourists on nostalgic car rides to times long gone.
And at the conference centre where IPCC delegates have been ensconced for a week deliberating on how to save the world from dangerous climate change, other ghostly voices have been making their presence felt.
Every night at the Estrel, Elvis lives. And so does Marilyn Monroe.
For the location is best known as the home of musical impersonators, the walls festooned with posters showing the capes, medallions and curled lips of the men who would be King.
In this slightly surreal atmosphere, the more sober suited ladies and gentlemen of the IPCC finalised a plan to end the world's addiction to carbon.
Climate report: Creating a sense of urgency or alarm?
The cool blue cover of the latest IPCC report on the impacts of climate change belies the rather hot stuff within.
Perhaps taking inspiration from their neon loving Japanese hosts, the report is heavy with reds, greens and yellows.
Climate report aims to blossom in Japan
Haiku, high towers and the scent of cherry blossom all come into play as government officials and scientists discuss the global impacts of climate change.
"There are no strangers under the cherry blossoms," said Mr Nobuteru Ishihara, Japan's minister for the environment, as he welcomed members of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to what's likely to be a fractious session here in Yokohama.
Taking the war out of global warming
I once had a dream (or was it a dram?) in which the things we thought we knew for certain about the world were suddenly turned upside down.
In this strange universe, the cold war seemed to suddenly return, Ireland began to perform consistently at rugby, and arch-climate sceptics began to believe in dangerous levels of global warming.
Frolick and Yap to solve climate change?
Tackling the causes of climate change has worn the patience of some of the world's biggest brains.
Attempts to put together a comprehensive global treaty have stumbled like drunks, somehow remaining on their feet but struggling to gain any forward momentum.
Blue lagoons and higher roads to curb flood threat?
Would a large lagoon the size of 12,000 football fields have prevented the flooding of the Somerset Levels?
According to Roger Falconer, professor of water engineering at Cardiff University, the Bridgewater Bay Lagoon proposal would have helped the waters flow away from the flat lands of the county.
Dabbling ducks struggling in floods
Wildlife organisations are being very careful in assessing the impacts of the recent flooding on species and the environment.
"We are not saying this is a disaster or this is something where wildlife has really suffered," Grahame Madge from the RSPB told me, keenly aware that when people's lives and homes are being threatened by rising waters, concerns about animal life comes a distant second.
Emissions impossible: Did spies sink key climate deal?
The revelations of the NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden, are an ongoing embarrassment for the US government.
From Angry Birds to the mobile phone of Angela Merkel to the banal conversations of millions of people, the scale of the National Secutiry Agency's spying activities knew few boundaries.
'Lame duck versus laggards' in battle for EU climate future
The actions of a lame duck, said one critic. "Burnt out", said another.
The EU commissioners, who leave office in November, were never going to please everyone with their new goals on climate and energy policy unveiled in Brussels this week.
Floods not the only worry for Defra
Given the furious storms and relentless flooding that Britain has endured over the past two months, it is little wonder that reports about MPs criticisms of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) should focus on budget cuts and their impact on flood defences.
But the Departmental Annual Report 2012-13 covers much more than just soggy ground and surging tides, and it deserves some attention.