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A Geologist's Obsession with the Past

The Rockefeller complex of Copenhagen's Neils Bohr Institute—a golden-hued brick building—would fit well in a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale. Geology professor Dorthe Dahl-Jensen works there in a small office by a gable, under the building's steeply sloped tile roof. Here in Copenhagen she's dressed fashionably, in matching black skirt, blouse and jacket. She has a pageboy haircut and wears a string of pearls and a tiny, round COP15 lapel pin. I last saw Dahl-Jensen in July 2003, on the Greenland Ice Sheet.

How Youth Fared in Copenhagen

As negotiators work into the night on a climate deal in Copenhagen, here's a look at how youth have fared at the talks.

This story was reported for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting as part of the Copenhagen News Collaborative, a cooperative project of several independent news organizations. Check out the feed here from Mother Jones.

Activists Beaten by Police after March from Bella Center

Youth activists were beaten by police this morning in Copenhagen after they marched out of the Bella Center, shouting "Reclaim power!" and "Climate justice now!"

During the second week of the COP15 talks in Copenhagen, the number of activists allowed to attend the talks has been drastically reduced. By Friday, when President Obama arrives, the number of nongovernmental "observers," the UN group to which most of the activists belong, will be reduced to just 90.

Activists Beaten by Police After March from Bella Center

Youth activists were beaten by police this morning in Copenhagen after they marched out of the Bella Center, shouting "Reclaim power!" and "Climate justice now!"

During the second week of the COP15 talks in Copenhagen, the number of activists allowed to attend the talks has been drastically reduced. By Friday, when President Obama arrives, the number of nongovernmental "observers," the UN group to which most of the activists belong, will be reduced to just 90.

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.