"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.
"COPENHAGEN -- The top U.S. climate negotiator today questioned the viability of two new global warming treaty proposals floated in recent hours as a way to end a stalemate here over the next steps to curb greenhouse gas emissions. State Department special climate envoy Todd Stern found fault with a six-page draft offered today by a special U.N.-led working group that had been tasked with hashing out details on a new long-term agreement." Darren Samuelsohn reports for Greenwire December 11, 2009.
"COPENHAGEN -- Island nations threatened by rising seas demanded at UN talks Friday that the world commit to preventing global temperatures from rising more than 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit). In an 18-page draft accord obtained by AFP, the 43-member Association of Small Island States (AOSIS) also called for an ambitious 85-percent cut in global CO2 emissions by 2050." AFP had the story Dec. 11, 2009.
"European leaders today sought to boost the chances of a climate change deal in Copenhagen next week by pledging €2.4bn a year from January to help the world's poor countries cope with global warming in the next three years. Beyond that, to 2020, the UK and France said that a tax on global financial transactions should be used pay for the fight against climate change." Ian Traynor reports for the UK Guardian Dec. 11, 2009.
"Saudi Arabia is a major dissident at the global climate conference in Copenhagen, where representatives of more than 190 countries are trying to agree on a new international initiative to combat climate change. Many environmental groups say the oil-producing giant has long played an obstructionist role in climate change negotiations. Saudi officials fear that reducing emissions will reduce oil exports and be catastrophic for their economy." Kelly McEvers reports for NPR's All Things Considered December 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.
"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.