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#COP15 Less than 48 hours left for climate conference

From the Swedish Presidency of the European Union, 15 December 2009



Today the environment ministers arrived in Copenhagen for the high-level segment of the conference, which opened at 17.00. So far, the negotiations have been led by officials, but with the arrival of the ministers the meeting enters a new phase.



“The situation is serious if we are to achieve a result,”, said Swedish Minister for the Environment Andreas Carlgren. “We environment ministers have less… Continue

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#COP15 Canadian youth outraged at Canadian government lies about their future

From the Canadian Youth Delegation, 15 December 2009



Leaked documents have revealed a proposed secret framework that would weaken sectoral commitments laid out in the 2007 'Turning the Corner' plan, exposing the Canadian government's lack of intention to meet its national reduction target of 3% below 1990 levels by 2020, and to truly act on the climate problem.



Leaked documents revealed by Canadian public broadcaster CBC late last night have slashed hopes that the… Continue

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#COP15 The world is watching, holding its breath, waiting for the deal – Danish PM

By Michael de Laine, The Copenhagen Voice, 15 December 2009



"The world is watching - literally holding its breath. We have until the end of this week to make a deal that creates a better future," was the message that Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Prime Minister of Denmark, had for the heads of state and government and other high officials when he spoke at the opening of the High Level Segment of the UNFCCC COP15 climate conference in Copenhagen this afternoon.



"The world is… Continue

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#COP15 Action rather stalemate: Let’s make history! - Hedegaard

By Michael de Laine, The Copenhagen Voice, 15 December 2009



"Let’s walk those last steps! Let’s get it done! Let’s make history!" was the message that Connie Hedegaard, Denmark's Minister for the Climate Summit, had for the heads of state and government and other high officials when she opened the top-level part of the UNFCCC COP15 climate conference in Copenhagen this afternoon.



“In these very hours, we are balancing between success and failure,” Connie Hedegaard,… Continue

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#COP15 NGOs criticize secretariat's 'draconian access rules'

From Climate Justice Media, 14 December 2009



Over 50 civil society organizations, from every continent have released a letter criticizing the UNFCCC's decision to limit access to the Copenhagen climate negotiations.



The UNFCCC secretariat and the Danish Government, as President of the Conference, have announced that, in addition to previously publicized limits on observers on Tuesday and Wednesday, only 1,000 observers will be allowed into the Bella Centre on… Continue

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#COP15 Antarctic scientists warn that rapid changes in GHGs and ozone layer 'give cause fcor concern'

From the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research, 25 November 2009



Although scientists studying Antarctica can estimate the impact of increased greenhouse gases and decreases in the ozone layer over the South Pole on the temperature, precipitation and sea ice in the region of the South Pole, they cannot say with confidence how the large ice sheets of Antarctic will respond. But they say in a new report that observed recent rapid changes give cause for concern – especially for… Continue

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#COP15 Danish-Swedish initiative to further climate mitigation steps for developing countries

From the Swedish Presidency of the European Union, 14 December 2009



During the UN climate summit in Copenhagen today, Sweden's development aid minister, Gunilla Carlsson, and her Danish colleague, Ulla Tørnæs, took a joint initiative that aims at to furthering the work on climate mitigation for developing countries after COP15, the UNFCC, summit ends.



"We must ensure that the fight against both poverty and climate change takes place concurrently and not at the… Continue

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#COP15 EU will not undersell the climate

From the Swedish Presidency of the European Union , 12 December 2009



The proposals that are now on the table do not deliver enough to keep the temperature rise to less than two degrees. This was the EU’s comment during Saturday’s plenary discussion. During the sixth day of negotiations, the countries commented on yesterday’s text proposals.



At today’s press briefing with the EU Troika Sweden, Spain and the European Commission, Swedish Minister for the Environment… Continue

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#COP15 "Time is short"

From the Swedish Presidency of the European Union, 14 December 2009



As the second week opens in Copenhagen, the negotiations are intensifying. In order to make progress, the Danish Presidency is today raising some issues from senior official level to ministerial level.



“We welcome the Danish Presidency’s intensification of the negotiations. Time is short if we are to succeed. It is important that the key issues are now passed over to the politicians,” says Swedish… Continue

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#COP15 'Bright green' is solution to our global challenge - Danish PM UPDATE

By Michael de Laine, The Copenhagen Voice, 13 December 2009



Adds video reports from 13 December.



“We have faced global threats and challenges before and we have dealt with them,” Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen said when opening the Bright Green trade fair for businesses showing climate solutions yesterday. “We know what the problem is and we have a clear answer: 'Bright green'.”



“Something is stirring in Copenhagen these days,” Danish Prime… Continue

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#COP15 Low-carbon food indicates the future as COP15 takes a break

By Michael de Laine, the Copenhagen Voice, 12 December 2009



Low-carbon food does not have to boring, but can be a tasty work of art, as Tiffany Ng and Fabian Moraga demonstrate in a new guerilla dining concept in Copenhagen.



In warfare, a guerilla pops up in expected places, attacks the opposition and then disappears into the local background, where he or she blends in totally. In Silver.Spoon, Tiffany Ng's guerilla dining concept, an ethereal restaurant appears for… Continue

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#COP15 Art exhibition shows how gender and climate change are inter-related

By Michael de Laine, The Copenhagen Voice, 12 December 2009



International artists are exploring the inter-relation of gender and climate change at the most significant UN conference on Climate Change since Kyoto. Artport - Making Waves presents the exhibition '(Re-) Cycles of Paradise', commissioned by the Global Gender and Climate Alliance, in Copenhagen, until 18 December 2009.



According to Anne-Marie Melster, Corinne… Continue

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#COP15 Double whammy to Canada for obstructing progress in the global climate talks

From Avaaz.org, 11 December 2009



The Mayor of Toronto, David Miller, made a special guest appearance tonight in Copenhagen to collect first and second place 'Fossil of the Day' awards, after NGOs from around the world voted to present Canada with a double dishonour for doing the most to obstruct progress in the global climate talks today.



The European Union collected the third-place 'Fossil of the Day' award for failing to seize not one, not two, but five opportunities to… Continue

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#COP15 IT companies called for action to mitigate climate change

From the Danish IT Industry Association, 11 December 2009



The Danish IT Industry Association today hosted a green IT debate, where seven of the world’s leading IT companies called for action to mitigate climate change at the UN Climate Summit in Copenhagen.



At the halfway mark of COP15, the UN climate summit in Copenhagen, the Danish IT Industry Association organized a green IT panel debate with Cisco, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Intel, Konica Minolta, and Microsoft to… Continue

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EU heads of state and government adopt new programme for justice and home affairs

From the Swedish Presidency of the European Union, 11 December 2009



On the second day of the summit between the EU heads of state and government in Brussels, the leaders adopted the Stockholm Programme for justice and home affairs in the EU.



The EU heads of state and government adopted the Stockholm Programme, the new programme in the area of justice and home affairs for the years 2010 to 2014. The programme lays down the framework for EU co-operation on policing,… Continue

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#COP15 EU heads of state and government agree on 7 billion euros in climate funding

From the Swedish Presidency of the European Union, 11 December 2009



On the second day of the summit between the EU heads of state and government in Brussels, the leaders reached an agreement on 'fast start funding' for climate change adaptation measures. The EU’s figure came to 2.4 billion euros a year from 2010 to 2012.



‘Fast start funding’ refers to the funding that is needed to quickly get climate change adaptation measures under way in developing countries. The… Continue

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#COP15 What are all those Climate Debt banners about? A climate debt FAQ

From Climate-Debt.org, 12 December 2009



1. Is climate-debt an NGO/activist idea?



No. The concept of climate-debt has been submitted to the Climate Negotiations by over fifty countries including Bolivia, Bhutan, Malaysia, Micronesia, Sri Lanka, Paraguay, Venezuela and the Group of Least Developed countries, representing 49 of the world's poorest and most vulnerable countries.



You can read Bolivia's submission on the concept… Continue

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#COP15 Indigenous Peoples lead Copenhagen march for just climate policy

From the Indigenous Environmental Network, 12 December 2009



Indigenous Peoples from across North America and their allies from around the world who have gathered for COP15 led an unprecedented demonstration for just climate policy in Copenhagen today.



Saturday's protests coincided with the official COP15 "Indigenous Peoples Day" events, and the six-kilometer march from Christiansborg Slotsplads to the Bella Center was led by a contingent of delegations of Indigenous… Continue

Added by Michael de Laine on December 12, 2009 at 13:13 — 1 Comment

#COP15 DONG Energy withdraws from Greifswald project in Germany

From DONG Energy, 11 December 2009



At a board meeting held today, DONG Energy resolved to withdraw from the project exploring the opportunities of building a new power plant near the town of Greifswald in northern Germany.



In November 2006, DONG Energy acquired an ownership interest in a German company that held an option to acquire a site situated near the town of Greifswald in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern which was suited for building a coal-fired power plant. The building of… Continue

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#COP15 Mr President: make a just climate deal, uphold Indigenous Peoples' rights, keep fossil fuels in the ground

From the Indigenous Environmental Network, 10 December 2009



Representatives of Indigenous Peoples tell US President Barack Obama they want a climate deal that includes a moratorium on all new exploration of oil, gas, coal and uranium as a first step towards the full phase-out of fossil fuels and a just solution to the climate crisis. They want the President to come to Copenhagen to make history with a just climate agreement that upholds the rights of Indigenous Peoples and takes… Continue

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