"The Bella Center, the venue hosting the Copenhagen climate negotiations, is overflowing with advocates seeking action on climate change. But their opponents have turned out in force too. They're a little harder to identify than, say, the activists walking around dressed as trees. But working the crowds are some of the biggest climate skeptics in the business. I spotted British climate change denialist Lord Christopher Monckton on Monday, surrounded by reporters. Leighton Steward, the retired oil executive who now heads Plants Need CO2, is also here." Kate Sheppard reports for Mother Jones Dec. 9. 2009.
"COPENHAGEN -- U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson insisted today that her agency was not rushing to release its endangerment finding on global warming on the day that international negotiations started on a new climate treaty." Darren Samuelsohn reports for Greenwire Dec. 9, 2009.
"COPENHAGEN -- Major developing countries, and especially China, must commit to their part in reducing greenhouse gas emissions if the world is to reach a global agreement to fight climate change ..., the U.S. chief negotiator at the climate summit in Copenhagen said Wednesday. 'There is no way to solve this problem by giving developing countries a pass,' Todd Stern said during a press conference in the third day of negotiations. 'Virtually all of the growth in emissions going forward ... will be coming from developing countries,' of which about 50% from China alone, Mr. Stern said." Alessandro Torello reports for the Wall St. Journal Dec. 9, 2009.
"COPENHAGEN -- President Barack Obama's top aides promised on Wednesday 'robust' negotiations toward a global climate change deal this month, but firmly stated the United States does not owe the world 'reparations' for centuries of carbon pollution. They also warned that China, with its booming economy, would not be a recipient of any U.S. aid, even though the Asian heavyweight is considered a developing country under U.N. rules." Richard Cowan reports for Reuters Dec. 9, 2009.
"COPENHAGEN -- Four nations proposed guiding principles for 'green funds' on Wednesday, hoping to end deadlock at U.N. talks on ways to manage billions of dollars to help the poor cope with global warming. 'Financing will need to be scaled up significantly and urgently, starting fast and rising over time,' Britain, Australia, Mexico and Norway said in a joint submission to the December 7-18 meeting in Copenhagen. ..." Reuters had the story Dec. 9, 2009.
"Danish police last night raided a climate campaigners' accommodation centre in Copenhagen, detaining 200 activists and seizing items including paint bombs and shields which they claimed could be used for acts of civil disobedience. About 200 police arrived at the shelter on Ragnhild Street, in the Nørrebro district of Copenhagen, at 2.30am. They locked activists into the building for two hours, and searched some of the nearby properties. Campaigners say they took away various items including a power drill, an angle grinder, and some wooden props. No arrests were made." Bibi van der Zee reports for the UK Guardian Dec. 9, 2009.
"COPENHAGEN -- The tiny Pacific island of Tuvalu has been rebuffed at Copenhagen after demanding strong action to curb global warming. Tuvalu proposed amending the U.N. climate treaty to require the world's nations to keep the rise in temperatures to 1.5 degrees C (2.7 degrees F) above preindustrial levels. But Danish conference president Connie Hedegaard declined to advance the proposal, after objections from other nations. Oil producing nations, and others, would be hurt by the required strict limits on burning fossil fuels." The AP had the story Dec. 9, 2009.
"COPENHAGEN -- Island nation Tuvalu led a group of developing countries in a walkout from the Dec 7-18 climate summit here Wednesday, forcing an unprecedented closure of the conference for a few hours." The Times of India had the story Dec. 9, 2009.