COPENHAGEN -- Late today, environmentalists monitoring the climate talks alerted reporters to the existence of a six-page document, dated December 15th, that is a compilation by the United Nations office managing the talks of all the major countries' plans for curbing their emissions, along with a calculation of where that would take the atmospheric concentration of greenhouse gases and eventual temperature of the planet. United Nations officials confirmed the document's authenticity but declined to discuss it. The analysis concluded that without much stronger action to cut emissions both before and after 2020, 'global emissions will remain on an unsustainable pathway that could lead to concentrations equal or above 550 p.p.m. with the related temperature' rising 3 degrees Celsius, or 5.4 degrees Fahrenheit. That is far above the thresholds for dangerous warming being debated at the meeting and accepted in recent statements by the major economies of the world." Andrew C. Revkin reports for the New York Times in Dot Earth Dec. 17, 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.
"LONDON -- Fighting back against climate skeptics, over 1,700 scientists in Britain have signed a statement defending the evidence that climate change is being caused by humans, Britain's weather office said Thursday. It was the latest attempt to remind the world of the reality of global warming after a cache of leaked e-mails was seized upon by skeptics as proof of a scientific conspiracy to stifle or twist the data on climate change." Raphael G. Satter reports for the Associated Press Dec. 10, 2009. Full Text.
"COPENHAGEN - The head of the U.N.'s panel of climate scientists on Monday strongly defended findings that humans are warming the planet, after critics said that leaked emails from a British university had undermined evidence. Rajendra Pachauri, head of the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), told a climate conference that its findings were 'subjected to extensive and repeated reviews by experts as well as by governments.'" Reuters had the story Dec. 8, 2009.