Crowded Midway: Or Why It's a Zoo
Dec15

Crowded Midway: Or Why It's a Zoo

Fellow C&EN blogger Jerry Schnoor described the lines to get accreditation to Bella Center, where the Copenhagen climate meeting. I found out what the underlying problem is from Axel Wuestenhagen, media coordinator for the conference. “We had not expected this avalanche” as people sought entry to the Bella Center when the second week of the conference began, Wuestenhagen said. The staff processing the paperwork for all...

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The Mermaid, Deniers, And New Art
Dec13

The Mermaid, Deniers, And New Art

The official U.N. climate change negotiations in Copenhagen took a scheduled one-day hiatus on Sunday. This provided a chance for participants to get out of the giant convention center which lies south of the city and see the sights of Copenhagen. Top on my list of sites to visit was the statue of the Little Mermaid. She was crafted after the 1836 fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen, who lived in Copenhagen for many years. But...

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Livening Up The Debate In Copenhagen
Dec11

Livening Up The Debate In Copenhagen

Among well-dressed diplomats and thousands of journalists at the U.N. climate change meeting in Copenhagen are plenty of young activists who liven up the rather dimly lit hallways. These not-so-little green men are pushing for Japan to pledge a specific amount to help developing countries address climate change. There’s IndyAct, a group of young people from the Middle East. They want the world to know that Saudi efforts to protect and...

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Not Just Environmental Activists
Dec09

Not Just Environmental Activists

Scores of environmental groups from around the world are here at the climate negotiations in Copenhagen urging governments to curb global greenhouse gas emissions. They may be the most numerous, but environmentalists are not the only type of activists here. For instance, this group of church women also want action on climate change: Meanwhile, participants entering the climate change meeting in Copenhagen must pass a dedicated group...

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Hottest Ticket In The World
Dec08

Hottest Ticket In The World

Paris, Los Angeles, New York, step aside. The place to be these days, at least through next week, is Copenhagen. The Danish capital is hosting a two-week U.N. conference on climate change. It is a huge world event. The hottest ticket in town is a laminated piece of paper that is essential for entrance into the Bella Center, the venue for the meeting. Yesterday, shortly after the sun went down after 4 p.m., hundreds of people were...

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