"A blueprint unveiled by a trio of senators Thursday aimed at building consensus for a bill to slash greenhouse gases in the United States ended up dividing the environmental community. While some green groups hailed the outline as a bipartisan effort to move the bill forward, others criticized its proposed expansion of nuclear power, offshore oil and gas drilling, and investments in technology to reduce carbon dioxide pollution from coal." Dina Cappiello posts on the AP Climate Pool Dec. 10, 2009.
"Today is 'Young and Future Generations Day' at the Copenhagen climate talks, where at least 1,000 youth from dozens of countries are in attendance. So far this week, youth activists have put on at least a dozen media stunts, such as dressing as green-faced 'aliens' and asking passers-by to take them to their climate leaders. Young people are also involved in serious lobbying campaigns behind the scenes." Sara Peach reports for Grist Dec. 10, 2009.
A new climate news web site from a major world news organization? Thomson Reuters has announced by press release that it will launch tomorrow -- Friday, Dec. 11, 2009 -- an as-yet unnamed website at a press event in Copenhagen (9 am local time). The release describes it thus: "Thomson Reuters' new climate website takes you to climate change's front line. Combining the news resources of Reuters with on-the-ground reports, analysis and blogs by leading climate thinkers, researchers, policy-makers, business people and aid workers, alertnet.org/climate takes a daily look at how our shifting climate is affecting the lives and livelihoods of the world's poorest and most vulnerable." The release was distributed on the listserve FOI-L, but has not yet been posted on the Web.
We will see. Reuters already produces a larger volume of climate news than almost any other news organization.
"COPENHAGEN -- In public at least, the early days of the climate summit here have been dominated by developing nations' furor over a proposed 'Copenhagen Agreement' that leaked to environmentalists and reporters Tuesday. But many developing nations -- including China and India -- in fact had a hand in drafting the 'Danish text,' a person with deep knowledge of the negotiations said today. Developing countries including China, India, Brazil, Algeria, Ethiopia and Bangladesh had "input into the process and product" of the proposed agreement, the source said." Jim Tankersley reports for the Los Angeles Times Dec. 10, 2009.
"COPENHAGEN -- At a small booth in the Copenhagen conference centre, a colourful scoreboard shows Canada has racked up four Fossil Awards -- sardonic nods to countries judged by a coalition of environmental groups to have performed the worst during any given day of climate negotiations. On Thursday, on the other end of the Copenhagen's Bella Centre, there was a different type of discussion on an issue where Canada actually earns faint praise -- or at the very least, is ignored: carbon capture and storage (CCS)." Kelly Cryderman reports for the Calgary Herald December 10, 2009.
"EU leaders are holding a summit in Brussels, with climate change firmly at the top of the agenda. On the table at the two-day meeting is how much aid the bloc will give to developing nations to tackle the effects of global warming." The BBC's Oana Lungescu, in Brussels Dec. 10, 2009, says EU leaders will try to agree on a joint offer of around 6bn euros ($9bn; £5.5bn) over three years.