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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.

South Africa Struggles to Aid Black Farmers

Isaac Khuto, 65, got a late start at farming, but he's making the most of it. Khuto, who has an eighth grade education and lived most of his life under the hated apartheid system. But now he's part of a slowly developing effort to help blacks obtain farmland in a way that avoid the wholesale grab of white farms that destroyed food production in Zimbabwe.

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.

Kenya: Officials Warn of Food Shortage

Kenyans woke to a warning in the nation's largest newspaper, the Daily Nation, that the country could face "an unprecedented food crisis" next year because of the drought that still plagues the Rift Valley and other regions. The problem is that the rainy season is ending without the precipitation expected when farmers planted in October. The Kenyan government provided a billion shillings, or about $13 million, in farm inputs to encourage the October planting, according to the newspaper.

Bangladesh Reels from the Impact of Climate Change

Last year, rising tides destroyed more than 300 schools in Bangladesh leaving children with no place to learn. In response to the worsening floods, social entrepreneur Mohammed Rezwan created 28 "school boats" to bring school to Bangladeshi children. Rezwan, NGOs and governments in poorer countries are trying to address the impacts of climate change now.

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