"Canada is red-faced at the Copenhagen climate-change conference as a result of a spoof news release purporting to be from Environment Canada announcing Canada was bringing in bold new emissions reduction targets. The authentic-looking release, which was announced on a fake Jim Prentice Twitter account, caught many observers off guard and a fake story about it landed on a fake Wall Street Journal website -- all an elaborate ruse to embarrass Canada, which is being considered the 'dirty-old man' of the conference for its intransigence on negotiating better targets." Jane Taber reports for the Toronto Globe & Mail Dec. 14, 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.
BNA, the publisher of Wold Climate Change Report, is offering a daily newsletter of its reporting from Copenhagen for free during COP15. Normally, it is only available via high-priced subscription. Sign up here.
The COP15 Web site has a pretty complete schedule of all the meetings coming up on Wed., Dec. 9, 2009, useful for both reporters in Copenhagen and those left behind who want to follow the action. In addition to the main calendar, there are other calendars showing schedules of side events, cultural events, and civil society events.
All official proceedings of COP15, including press conferences, are carried on streaming video from the COP15 Web site. Seven live streaming channels and recordings of events after they conclude are available on the COP15 video hub.
There is a semi-official live feed of Copenhagen proceedings available at http://www.oneclimate.net/ . Allegedly. There is a time zone difference. It is not live 24/7. Now maybe you won't feel so bad about not being there.
The "climategate" scandal manufactured by anti-treaty forces seems to be having little effect on the Copen hagen talks, on the delegates attention, or on the science. But the media remain interested. Douglas Fischer, editor of The Daily Climate posts daily updates from Copenhagen.