Copenhagen Climate Talks: A Round Up

Folks paying attention to the news lately may have noticed that there is a big Climate Summit happening in Copenhagen right now. Here is a brief round up of the news on Copenhagen and the work going down there. Things are getting heated up (no pun intended) in preparation for the final week of the summit and appearances by many of the world’s major leaders, including President Obama.
Check out Gender CC for resources and information about the links between gender and Climate Change.
Quite a few people have been arrested during the rallies and protests that have been staged in conjunction with the Climate Summit. Most of the protesters are demonstrating in reaction to what they see as inadequate and delayed action on climate change.
In a breakthrough today, Canada announced that it would accept the concept of climate debt. For more on this concept, read this TIME magazine article. UPDATE: It appears this “announcement” from Canada was actually a hoax fueled by fake press releases. What’s worse is the Uganda delegation fell for it as well, and issued an elaborate response that you can see on video at the link above.
A delegation representing 133 countries walked out of the negotiations this morning over concerns that the Kyoto Protocol would be abandoned. More on this here. Talks has since resumed.
A representative from the island nation of Tuvalu pleaded yesterday for legally-binding agreements to be made at the summit, to save his island nation from the effects of global warming. He also pointed out the control that the US Senate has over the fate of his country.
Finally, The Media Consortium’s The Mulch blog has a round up of the happenings in Copenhagen.
For more on the Summit, check out the official website.

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  • Toongrrl

    Ooohhh!!!! Copenhagen! Always heard that the Scandinavian countries have great women’s rights records, hope President Obama visits Tivoli!

  • Meg

    Right now, the “announcement” from Canada regarding climate debt and new targets for cutting emissions looks like it was a prank. Perhaps the Yes Men yet again?

  • Liz777

    Unfortunately, Canada committing itself to real targets for reducing emissions and providing monetary assistance for third-world countries to do the same is a hoax. The information was posted on bogus Environment Canada and UN websites. If you look at the address in the link posted and compare it to the official website link at the bottom of the entry, you’ll see that the first link is .org while the official link is .dk.
    For information about this hoax, and how angry Canadian politicians are that anyone would dare say we’re doing our part to reduce carbon emissions in an attempt to curb climate change, see this story:
    I wish we actually had made these commitments; sadly, Harper hasn’t changed his tune.


    COP15 is a testament to human stupidity.
    Problem: If all the nations of the world do not stop polluting the ecosystem, places like Tuvalu may be the first to be swallowed by the oceans, but they will not be the last.
    World’s response – Let’s grab as much as we can before it’s all gone :D :D :D
    It’s insane, the disenfranchised are playing the stupidest game every – You rich countries have to PAY to save our lives. You have to stop polluting so that the failed nations of the world can pick up the slack … Ensuring the low lying areas STILL get swallowed up by the oceans.
    Oh and if that’s not bad enough – UN warns of 70 percent desertification by 2025
    Nature could care less about whose fault it is, the winners and losers of a particular agreement or proportional representation. Humankind will learn to abide by her constraints or she’ll push a bunch of species though the extinction door and that’s just the way it is.

  • cattrack2

    Is it just me, or is there anyone else who’s worried that now is just the wrong time to undertake this? I’m pretty worried that carbon taxes, cap & trade, etc will strangle economic recovery. I’m not one of those people who doubt global warming, I just doubt the ability of the economy to absorb a new tax when we’re facing the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.

  • davenj

    In the short term said measures probably will hinder economic growth.
    Unfortunately, though, this is not the wrong time to undertake this. It’d be great if we could just wait a few years, but the lion’s share of scientific evidence suggests that that strategy would be pretty terrible.
    If we want to keep the change at or under two degrees Celsius we need to start immediately. Heck, we need to start yesterday.
    And while this will probably hinder short term economic gains, climate change measures have two long term benefits: the economic value of incentivizing cleaner technology, which could be a long term boon to technologically advanced nations who create new tech and patent it, and the economic losses that get mitigated by mitigating climate change.
    If we don’t absorb the new tax now we’re just going to pass a bigger tax on to future generations, one that may be impossible to pay.

  • saintcatherine

    (Trying to figure out how this is about feminism….)

  • Liz777

    From the OP:
    “Check out Gender CC for resources and information about the links between gender and Climate Change.”

  • saintcatherine

    Oh, duh, thanks. I missed that line entirely.
    However, looking at that link and reading this post again, I still think that it hould focus more clearly on how gender and cimate are related.
    I am interested in the topic, actually, but neither the link to GenderCC, nor this post, are helping me to understand anything better.