Mark Lynas guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 22 December 2009 Copenhagen was a disaster. That much is agreed. But the truth about what actually happened is in danger of being lost amid the spin and inevitable mutual recriminations. The truth is this: China wrecked the talks, intentionally humiliated Barack Obama, and insisted on an awful “deal” so western [...]
By DAVID A. FAHRENTHOLD and JULIET EILPERIN The Washington Post Friday, December 18, 2009 What the heck is all this? This is a United Nations-run conference that was — originally — supposed to produce a new global agreement to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions because what happens after 2012 under the Kyoto Protocol is uncertain. There is [...]
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama heads to Copenhagen on Thursday to help secure a U.N. climate pact, staking his credibility on an as yet elusive deal that has ramifications for him at home and on the world stage. Obama is expected to arrive in the Danish capital on Friday morning, joining about 120 other [...]
By Aubrey Ann Parker Free Press guest blogger When it comes to wind power, Americans have all kinds of excuses not to use it. “It’s too expensive” or “Not in my backyard” (NIMBY: referencing that they don’t want a tall, skinny, white turbine obstructing their beautiful view of the ocean or the mountains.) Let me [...]
Over in the plaza outside city hall the grounds are filled with Hopenhagen Live booths demonstrating all sorts of next-gen green technology, selling organic food, and demonstrating how we all may benefit from them in the future. I wonder if Naomi Klein bothered to pay attention to the enthusiasm of the visitors when she called [...]
When world leaders gather in Copenhagen on Monday for negotiations on a new agreement to combat the threat of catastrophic climate change, their success or failure will ride on economics, not environmental science. Theoretically, the two-week conference will focus on limiting the heat-trapping gas emissions blamed for global warming. But its major debates will all [...]
BBC News Three UK groups studying climate change have issued an unprecedented statement about the dangers of failing to cut emissions of greenhouse gases. The Royal Society, Met Office, and Natural Environment Research Council say the science underpinning climate change is more alarming than ever. They say the 2007 UK floods, 2003 heatwave in Europe [...]
Some countries in the world are more worried about global warming than others. The Maldives, for example, might be drowned by rising sea levels. And Nepal fears being flooded by melting mountain glaciers. I wrote recently about their governments meeting in unusual places to highlight their common plight.