"Thousands of protesters gathered in the Danish capital Saturday to demand tough action by world leaders to curb global warming, but hundreds were detained as police tried to quell any potential violence. Extra police were on hand to monitor the crowd as it marched through the city, beating drums, waving signs and chanting. Nearly 1,000 protestors were detained by Danish police. But many protesters simply carried signs or dressed in costumes, such as penguins and polar bears. Organizers estimated that upwards of 100,000 people joined the protests, though Danish police estimate only 40,000 took to the streets. Police said 968 people were detained as a preventative action." CTV.ca had the story Dec. 12, 2009.
"COPENHAGEN -- Tens of thousands of protesters marched through the chilly Danish capital and 600 were detained Saturday, in a mass rally to demand an ambitious global climate pact just as talks hit a snag over rich nations' demands on China and other emerging economies. The mostly peaceful demonstrations in Copenhagen provided the centerpiece of a day of global climate activism stretching from Europe to Asia. Police assigned extra officers to watch protesters marching toward the suburban conference center to demand that leaders act now to fight climate change. Police estimated their numbers at 40,000, while organizers said as many as 100,000 had joined the march from downtown Copenhagen." John Heilprin reports for the Aasociated Press Dec. 12, 2009.
"COPENHAGEN -- Industry has struggled to sway U.N. climate talks in Copenhagen because of a remote negotiating process and a lobby split between climate policy winners and losers, executives said on Friday. ... Senior executives met at a separate location several miles from the December 7-18 U.N. talks, and accepted that the business lobby was split on climate action which could disadvantage energy-intensive sectors including cement and power generation." Gerard Wynn reports for Reuters Dec. 11, 2009, with Anna Ringstrom.
"COPENHAGEN -- If a climate deal is to be done, it is more likely to be thrashed out over coffee in the corridor, a glass of wine at dinner or a stroll along Copenhagen's cobbled downtown streets than in the vast conference hall. Personal chemistry and friendships among opposing delegates are critical in complex negotiations, and could be particularly crucial this weekend when ministers from key countries try to break through the deadlocks in talks on a global accord to control greenhouse gases responsible for climate change. The ministers were coming earlier than planned to prepare the ground for a summit of 110 leaders at the end of the week." Arthur Max reports for the Associated Press Dec. 12, 2009.
"COPENHAGEN -- The head of the Nobel-winning UN panel of climate scientists warned on Saturday that failure at the Copenhagen talks on tackling global warming would deal a heavy blow to the nation-state system. Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), told reporters in response to question that the talks were "an important test" of whether nations could join together to fight a common threat." AFP had the story Dec. 12, 2009.
"WASHINGTON -- A Republican lawmaker says U.S. participation in an international agreement on climate change would result in soaring energy prices and damage America's economic competitiveness. Rep. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee is among a group of GOP congressional critics of Democratic climate legislation who plan to travel to the climate conference in Copenhagen next week to voice opposition to the blueprint offered by President Barack Obama." The Associated Press had the story Dec. 12, 2009.
"COPENHAGEN -- Tens of thousands of climate activists marched in Copenhagen on Saturday as part of a worldwide 'Day of Action' to urge negotiators at U.N. talks to agree a strong treaty to fight global warming. 'There is no planet B' and 'Change the politics, not the climate', read banners waved by demonstrators in the Danish capital. ... The rally was mostly held in a carnival atmosphere but riot police detained about 400 black-clad activists at the rear after some bottles were thrown and windows smashed. They were forced to sit on a street, hands tied behind their backs." Sunanda Creagh and John Acher report for Reuters Dec. 12, 2009.
"LONDON -- E-mails stolen from climate scientists show they stonewalled skeptics and discussed hiding data -- but the messages don't support claims that the science of global warming was faked, according to an exhaustive review by The Associated Press. The 1,073 e-mails examined by the AP show that scientists harbored private doubts, however slight and fleeting, even as they told the world they were certain about climate change. However, the exchanges don't undercut the vast body of evidence showing the world is warming because of man-made greenhouse gas emissions. Seth Borenstein, Raphael Satter and Malcolm Ritter report for the Associated Press Dec. 12, 2009.
A philosopher in this post-ethics age sat down to eat breakfast in Copenhagen, laptop open, and couldn't help overhearing the private conversation of some climate "skeptics," who presumably feel no outrage about intrusion on private conversations. He took notes: "The private breakfast conversation was troubling, offering clear and indisputable evidence of attempts by the highest members of the climate denier community to manipulate the truth, shout down debate, silence dissent, hide data, initiate a political coup, deliberately conflate theoretical terms, isolate and mock the weak, cover up known facts, obfuscate good science, and whimper." It goes all the way up to Christopher Walter Monckton, 3rd Viscount Monckton of Brenchley.
"Earlier this week the climate talks in Copenhagen erupted when The Guardian newspaper published a copy of a proposal drafted by Danish officials ... . Developing country representatives expressed shock and dismay once the text became public. Ambassador Lumumba Stanislaus Di-Aping--permanent representative of Sudan to the United Nations and the chief negotiator for the G-77--declared, with tears rolling down his face, "We have been asked to sign a suicide pact." In fact, Di-Aping had seen it a week before, as had other major climate negotiators from rich and poor countries. ... This is not to say that Di-Aping might not have been genuinely upset about the Danish proposal. But there's no way he could have been surprised." Juliet Eilperin reports on the Washington Post's Post Carbon blog Dec. 12, 2009.