In March there was an important climate conference in Copenhagen, with 2500 participants from 80 countries.
The Synthesis was reported in late June, 2009. Here is the report.
This updates the IPCC June 2008 effort. The IPCC Technical paper VI (Climate Change and Water) can be found here. The full report in a single PDF document can be found here.
France has recently announced plans for a 17 Euro/ton of Carbon Dioxide emitted tax. This is a bold and significant move. Here is the New York Times story.