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Poor Countries Push Back at COP15

Robert S. Eshelman, special to the Pulitzer Center
Copenhagen, Denmark

This article ran as a special to The Nation

COP15 negotiations were once again brought to a halt today when poor nations walked out of a morning plenary, accusing developed countries of ignoring their calls for greater emissions cuts and engaging in a secretive process that leaves no possibility for agreement.

Postcard from Saturday's Mass Climate Demonstration

Saturday's mass march to the Bella Center, where climate talks are ongoing, was boisterous and colorful, but largely peaceful.

I expect that the tone of the demonstrations will shift in the next week as climate activists make a last-ditch push for a strong treaty. Climate Justice Action, an anti-corporate network, is calling on activists to disrupt the negotiations at the Bella Center next Wednesday and to transform it into an assembly open to all:

Copenhagen: Reports from COP15

"Copenhagen: Reports from COP15" is a gateway to stories from Pulitzer Center-sponsored journalists working from the ground in Denmark to cover the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.

This December, the Conference of the Parties (COP) is meeting with the challenge of instituting a new global climate change agreement to take over after the Kyoto Protocol expires in 2012. Join these five reporting teams in Copenhagen as they report on the difficulties and triumphs of crafting an agreement with global ramifications.

Off to a Running Start

The Copenhagen Conference, where I arrived today, is hard to describe, because so much is happening here and the stakes of this climate negotiation are so high. Outside, a persistent crowd of protesters chanted environmental slogans. Two young Asian woman strutted in chicken suits. Many others men and women of all different races and nationalities waved placards and signs. A bus-size screen showed environmental movies. (Look at my video of one activist promoting vegetarian eating to reduce the amount of greenhouse gas produced.

Ticking Clocks and Stumbling Blocs at Copenhagen

William Wheeler, for the Pulitzer Center
Copenhagen, Denmark

With only a week to go, negotiators at the Copenhagen climate summit say that longstanding divisions between industrialized and developing nations have so far proven insurmountable.

The fissures were clear at a press conference Friday morning, which featured delegates from India, China, Bangladesh, and the European Commission.

African Forests And Carbon Trading - A New Deal?

Jeffrey Barbee,for The Pulitzer Center
Copenhagen, Denmark

The Conference of the Parties, called COP15 because it's the 15th one, will discuss many things. I am interested in how carbon trading can influence the revival and preservation of Africa's hardwood forests. Carbon Trading has a lot of negative connotations. Some environmentalists slate it as a way to "sell" the air. But more and more there is growing realization that only through monetizing Climate Change by making polluters pay, will there be a change in behavior.