"COPENHAGEN -- Around dawn, managers of climate talks here sought to get final approval of the Copenhagen Accord, a climate agreement shaped by the United States and four partners in the final days of climate talks. They faced blistering opposition from representatives of half a dozen countries, some banging their desks and one, from Venezuela, bloodying her hand while trying to be recognized. In the end, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon directly intervened, sending aides to round up the aggrieved delegations and meeting with them privately for an hour. The public scene in the plenary, leading up to the private meeting and the consensus to 'take note' of the accord, is recorded in the conference minutes below, which provide a window on the 'wild roller coaster ride' described by Robert Orr, Assistant Secretary General for Policy and Planning." Andrew C. Revkin publishes the raw notes on Dot Earth Dec. 19, 2009.
"COPENHAGEN -- Leaders of poor countries today said they were pleased about but distrustful of the United States' announcement that it will contribute to $100 billion in annual international funding to help the most vulnerable countries cope with climate change. From Senegal to Burkina Faso, top officials told E&E that the money is a step in the right direction, but not enough. Many noted that wealthy countries have a history of not living up to pledges. And, they insisted, emissions pledges remain weak." Lisa Friedman reports for Greenwire Dec. 17, 2009.
"As the formal U.N. climate talks got underway in the belly of Copenhagen's Bella Center on Monday, just up the road, a broad coalition of Danish and international environmental movements, civil society organizations, and freelance campaigners were busy launching a self-described 'people's summit.'" Lars Kroldrup reports for Green Inc. in the New York Times Dec. 8, 2009.