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Clashes between protestors and policy erupt outside conference center

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2009 at 1:48 pm

Police officers fired tear gas and wielded batons on Wednesday to beat back hundreds of demonstrators outside the global climate meeting here, as a police spokesman said 250 people had been arrested.

Police clash with protesters at a roadblock near the venue of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen on Wednesday.

The police tried to disperse the chanting, drum-beating protesters who had marched from a train station about a mile away to try to make their way to the Bella Center, where representatives from nearly 200 countries are meeting to try to reach an accord on climate change. A group of 50 to 100 delegates emerged from the convention center, seeking to meet with the protesters, but they, too, were driven back by the police.


Storming Bella Center

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2009 at 8:12 am

The UN has drastically and unfarily cut the number of civil society participants that can enter the conference center. The building is essentially open to a small, small, small number of NGO’s, press, and delegates.

Several NGO’s are planning to march in protest and some even are planning to “storm the Bella Center”. 45,000 people registered for the conference, the venue really can only accomodate 15,000. Some cuts had to be made, but this is the most important international gathering to take place ever. Accountability, transparency are so important at events like these. While there is a plethora of media, NGO’s play a role in offering ideas but mandating accountability and transparency of the proceedings.

I’ll bring you pictures as they are sent to me.

Its Wednesday in Copenhagen

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2009 at 7:53 am

Its Wednesday morning in Copenhagen and time is running out for negotiators to reach a consensus before all of the heads of states arrive. Yesterday conference President Connie Hedegaard expressed out loud that Copenhagen “can fail”. The momentum towards an agreeemtn has been waxing and waning, the next two days should be interesting.

On the US side, Sen. John Kerry arrives today. More MOC’s are expected to trickle in and express to this international body that the US has done a lot more than the previous administration and considering its domestic political constraints has done all that it can. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives tomorrow (Thursday) to work over China, India and possibly African leaders so that when President Obama arrives he can sign a deal. Remember, the Obama administration chose to push back the date of the President’s trip because they saw enough progress and enough momentum coming into Copenhagen for him to sign an agreement.

There’s been plenty of bad news and cynicism. Here’s a positive development. According to the NYT

Negotiators have all but completed a sweeping deal that would compensate countries for preserving forests, and in some cases, other natural landscapes like peat soils, swamps and fields that play a crucial role in curbing climate change.

This could be the most significant agreement made in Copenhagen, a case of drastically lowered expectations.

Verification Impasse

In Uncategorized on December 15, 2009 at 7:54 am

The NYT reports this morning of an impasse between the US and China over verification. Thought I’d share the link with all of you, but it’s got me asking what else now?

Dispatch from Copenhagen

In COP15, Young voices on December 15, 2009 at 2:11 am

The climate change talks taking place in Copenhagen are on life support. One week in to the conference, and with one week to go, progress towards a worthwhile climate change deal has been slow. In order to salvage COP15, negotiators will have to double down in order to reach a deal.

Monday’s major news was a group of African nations walking out on negotiations and in dramatic fashion – late in the evening hour – choosing to come back to the negotiating table. Last week it was reported that the Danish government had met with a group of rich nations including the US outside of the formal process and agreed to a draft “text”. A text that could eventually become the agreement that the Copenhagen conference produces. Several poor nations were angered by what they perceived as a backdoor deal that favored rich nations. The mood has been sour and souring ever since, culminating in today’s walkout.

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Daily Digest – December 1st

In Daily Digest on December 1, 2009 at 10:11 pm

Still hope for US and China position to evolve

The U.N.’s environment chief said Tuesday he is optimistic that the climate change talks beginning in Copenhagen next week will reach a deal setting firm targets to cut carbon emissions.

Recent offers by the United States and China appear modest compared with European Union proposals and scientists’ demands, but probably represent only first offers, said Achim Steiner, director of the U.N. Environment Program.

New Report: How the EU can get to 40%

EU leaders asking China for more details on its emissions plan

China should provide details on how it will implement its greenhouse gas limits and offer further proposals commensurate with its status as the world’s largest emitter, European leaders said Tuesday.

China promised Thursday to nearly halve the ratio of pollution to GDP over the next decade — a major voluntary step that came a day after President Barack Obama promised the U.S. would lay out plans at this month’s global warming conference in Copenhagen to substantially cut its own greenhouse gas emissions.

Will India make its move now?

Recent pledges by the United States and China to cut carbon emissions are now propelling India to make its own commitment to slow greenhouse gas emissions and go into the upcoming Copenhagen climate summit with a firm proposal on reductions.

The move marks a significant shift for India, which has previously said more established, wealthier nations should bear the brunt of carbon cuts rather than emerging nations whose economies are less developed.

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