The Copenhagen Accord was a deal and not a deal, and its real implications remain uncertain. Nonetheless, thanks to fly-on-the-wall accounts by participants like Ed Milliband and Mark Lynas ("How do I know China wrecked the Copenhagen deal? I was in
Words, Words, and a Word Cloud of Our Responses
With such great expectations and such great limitations, any sort of agreement that came out of the Copenhagen summit was always going to be considered a deal and not a deal, as both a disappointing
"Help Those Who Need to Be Saved From Climate Change"
When Lumumba Stanislaus Di-Aping, the chairman of the G-77 group of developing countries at Copenhagen, came to the press center at 1 AM last night, he was not there to pontificate or yell. Looking
The Copenhagen Uncertainty Principle
By the time the world learned of President Obama's announcement about an "unprecedented breakthrough" to close these climate talks, called the "Copenhagen Accord," Obama was already on Air Force One. And not
The presidential limousine parked outside the Bella Center
Copenhagen Accord Agreed to by China, South Africa, India and US
President Obama has announced a "meaningful" climate agreement. But the document's only meaning is "let's keep discussing." In
Before the speeches and scrambling to secure some kind of agreement in Copenhagen, I caught Kumi Naidoo, executive director of Greenpeace International, on the way to work in the Bella Center. He kindly explained for us the major sticking points on the
UN Reportedly Asks Delegates to Extend Their Stays
President Obama offered the Copenhagen summit a curt, no-nonsense summary of the challenges still facing the conference, and emphasized he's here to act, but offered no new commitments. Following an
The US's current carbon cutting commitments, along with the rest of the developed world, put current projections for a rise in temperatures above a dangerous 2 degrees. And even 2 degrees Celsius, say small island countries, would mean catastrophe.
Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke is no tourist in the climate activism world -- he's defended fair trade, campaigned for Friends of the Earth, edited a climate change edition of the Observer, and sought to make Radiohead's tours low carbon affairs. And
Though it's likely to be lost in the bombast and disappointment around a messy framework, there may be at least one tangible result from the Copenhagen summit: REDD, or Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation, is essentially a
Thoughout the Copenhagen climate summit, the massive Bella Center has felt something like an airport at Christmas time, with NGOs playing the role of information-dispensing attendants, skycaps helping to ferry along good ideas, and police, making sure
Temperatures are rising in the Bella Center, expectations are weak, and anger is stewing, as the clock winds down toward some kind of climate agreement. The conference-shaking finance pledge today seemed
The rumor has been making the rounds at Copenhagen today that Obama was going to cancel his trip to Copenhagen in the face of dismal progress on a climate deal. The COP15 website posted a note about it on Thursday morning. Sec. of State Hillary Clinton
Delegates, NGOs Respond
Just as climate talks hit their lowest point, Hillary Clinton descended on Copenhagen like a deus ex machina, putting on the table a $100 billion-per year package of worldwide climate aid starting in 2020, provided
As climate talks continued to creep forward and heads of state prepared to pose for a group portrait in the plenary hall of the meeting site, the Bella Center, a crowd of youth, activists, indigenous peoples, and perhaps some delegates,
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse March Through Copenhagen / Greenpeace
The Final Stretch
Citizens around the world have called for a fair deal at climate talks, and in Copenhagen, they plan to make that call louder tomorrow with civil disobedience.
When I sat down to talk with him at the Fresh Air Center in downtown Copenhagen this afternoon, Phil Bloomer looked a bit like he'd been to hell and back. No wonder: the director of campaigns and policy at Oxfam has been working hard here to get
As the clock ticks louder, the eyes of the world aren't the only things keeping world leaders honest at Copenhagen; demonstrations, vigils and actions around the world in recent days have emphasized just how important this is for millions.