Former US vice-president Al Gore will broadcast a presentation every hour for 24 hours across 24 time zones, as part of a campaign to convince sceptics of the link between climate change and extreme weather events. The 24 Hours of Reality campaign also asks people to hand over control of their accounts on Facebook and Twitter for an entire day to deliver Gore's message.

nARCHITECTS, a burgeoning Brooklyn studio...has sent us images of its latest work: an arched bamboo pavilion designed to raise awareness about a Taiwanese forest under siege. The Forest Pavilion was conceived for an arts festival organized to promote preserving the landscape as a forest.

Taiwan has been a relatively quiet player in the tense dispute about territorial claims in the South China Sea. That could change with an unusual initiative that Taipei says is a peaceful approach to asserting its sovereignty in a body of water where China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei also have claims. The plan involves tourists, rare turtles and a remote atoll.

The world's second-largest restaurant chain announced a venture with a local company in the United Arab Emirates that will lower McDonald's carbon footprint by converting its frying oil into biodiesel. It is the first time that a company in the oil-rich Middle East has used biodiesel to power vehicles on this scale

The German-born pontiff has condemned rampant consumerism and bemoaned the abuse of the planet's resources in speeches, encyclicals and during overseas trips. He has warned that humanity risks destroying the planet's ecosystems unless it listens to "the voice of the earth".

Sushi’s rise to globalism has attracted a lot of attention in recent years...Both documentaries offer a penetrating introduction to the workings of the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo, the world’s largest, as well as the growing “local” character of sushi in the West.

PD Magazine announces the launch of the Winter 2011 issue: "Corporate Diplomacy". This unique publication examines a variety of factors that make the private sector an important source of innovation and collaboration within the public diplomacy process.

Mexican Pavilion at Expo 2010 Shanghai

Last week the Shanghai Expo 2010 closed. On three sweltering days this summer I toured the vast and frenzied space that was the Expo.