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Three first impressions of the so-called “deal”

12/18/09

When I was young, I always lobbied my parents for the flashing, colored Christmas lights. Plain white lights just seemed too boring. But as the colored lights of Obama’s motorcade flashed across the television screen in my Danish host home, I wasn’t too excited. Read more…

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Headlines from the last day of COP-15–Don’t be fooled

12/18/09

Early Saturday morning—hours after COP-15 was scheduled to end and when Obama gave his final speech—Alex and I perused the brandings that different media outlets had placed on the climate change summit.  Let’s just say they gave us a few laughs.

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童话中的现实—哥本哈根气候变化大会落幕 The Reality in the Fairytale — The Last Day of COP-15

12/18/09

今天是12月18日,我在Okstenhallen 度过了一天,这里是属于所有NGO的空间,这里是没有政治立场,没有利益冲突,只单纯为了拯救气候变化,保护整个地球的地方。我看到了许多为了环境保护努力奋斗的人,他们并不是来自遭受气候变化摧残最严重的国家,但是他们为了那些岛国,那些濒临淹没的小国,用自己最大的力量让世界知道改善气候不可再等,明确的减排事不宜迟。不论站在舞台上的全球各国领导给我们留下了什么,我们都会牢记一个绝望的呼喊:“我们不会安静地等死。”

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Wen Jiabao: China has made unremitting efforts and positive contributions to address climate change 温家宝: 中国为应对气候变化作出了不懈努力和贡献

12/18/09

By Pucong Han, Beijing China

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao attended the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen on December 18.  During the Conference, premier Wen said that China is important to the process of the development of climate change.   In order to address climate change, China has made unremitting efforts and positive contributions.  Premier Wen said that China was the first developing countries that implemented a “National Climate Change Program” and called for an energy-saving emission reduction in recent years.  As of the first half of this year, China’s energy consumption per unit of GDP has reduced by 13% compared with the figures in 2005.  This reduction of energy consumption is equivalent to cut 800 million tons of carbon dioxide. Based upon Premier Wen’s speech, China is the fastest-growing country in the world to practice new energy and renewable energy while experiencing the period of industrialization and urbanization.  In particular, China currently experiences a critical stage of development which coal-dominated energy creates difficulties to reduce its emissions.  However, Premier Wen further clarifies that China always treat climate change issues as one of the most serious tasks.

(Come from: China News 中国新闻网  新华社记者 曾毅 摄Read more…

Stay tuned to the news…info is still sparse

12/18/09

The last two hours or so have been frantic.  I feel like it’s New Years, except it’s New Treaty.  The only difference is you have to phrase it “New Treaty?” because it’s not for certain what will happen.

The rest of this post will walk you through what we were discovering live in Copenhagen.  Considering our access to the Bella Center no longer exists and we are watching from our host homes, your info may be as good as ours.

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Some perspectives from Germany’s position on Cop-15

12/18/09
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We are now in a time when the world wants and needs a global deal in Copenhagen that is ambitious and fair. The global deal is necessary because climate change is not just a planetary emergency but a human emergency. As the largest two emitters, U.S. and China has been baring the critiques from the rest of the world for quite a while. Germany, considering itself the pioneer of climate protection in the worldwide action for climate change.

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Steven Chu and CO2

12/18/09

I’ve had the glorious opportunity to be here at Copenhagen amidst the ongoing action between a 117 heads of state and tens of thousands of climate champions and activists. Its been a great experience so far, only to be enriched by actually getting to see some of the heroes face-to-face. One of those heroes is the great physicist, now government official, Steven Chu

Steven Chu alongside a young climate change activist (Me!)

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