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Sunday 20 December 2009
Perhaps our expectations were too high. Yet we should be clear about what precisely was disappointing about the accord that was reached in Copenhagen yesterday, and what was worthwhile. We have known for some months that a legally binding treaty was most unlikely. The crushing disappointment was that the undertaking to sign such a treaty by the end of next year was dropped from the final document. What was achieved in Denmark was no more than the old standby of diplomacy: agreement in principle. That principle is important, of course. For the first time, all the nations of the world accept that climate change is a problem and that they must do something about it.
Saturday 19 December 2009
Saturday 19 December 2009
*At the stage of the negotiations where it becomes a waiting game, even the senior officials, delegations and ministers have absolutely no idea what is going on.
Friday 18 December 2009
We’ve finally reached the last day of the climate change conference in Copenhagen, and so far no agreement has been reached.
Wednesday 16 December 2009
Monday 14 December 2009
Our ancient forests continue to fall at an alarming rate. Illegal logging and the international trade in illegal timber damage the environment, cost governments billions of dollars in lost revenue, encourage corruption, undermine the rule of law and fund armed conflict.
Friday 11 December 2009
* George Soros, the Hungarian-American billionaire investor, wowed the conference yesterday with his bold proposals to provide up to $150bn to enable poor countries to use clean technology. All that is lacking, he said, is the "political will" to make it happen. Perhaps someone could suggest that Mr Soros lead the way himself? Come on George, it's for a good cause...
Tuesday 08 December 2009
*Opening the summit, the Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen admitted that he had an apology to make: delegates had not received Little Mermaid statuettes in their delegates packs. Indeed, Rasmussen confirmed that a few cutbacks had been made on welcoming gifts. But the short-changed delegates were no doubt relieved to hear that the money had instead been put towards 11 scholarships for students studying climate change. Surely they would be better sending them on an IT security course?
Thursday 03 December 2009
There are many high profile naysayers to the much promulgated threat of climate change and global warming.
Monday 30 November 2009
5 December: "The Wave" march in London, from Grosvenor Square to the Houses of Parliament to urge UK to be a leader in Copenhagen
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