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What does Bali mean for Copenhagen?

One line in my Saturday article on the climate talks--which said "the Obama administration is taking a harder line with China than Bush administration officials did just two years ago" drew some fire from officials who served under George W. Bush. So this post will explore the question in greater depth.

By Juliet Eilperin | December 12, 2009; 7:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

Tens of thousands protest in Copenhagen

Tens of thousands of protesters marched on the streets here Saturday, demanding bolder action on climate from the negotiators working inside the city's Bella Convention Center.

By Juliet Eilperin | December 12, 2009; 2:57 PM ET | Comments (2)

Copenhagen's morning reads

This will be a European-dominated roundup, since it was the E.U.'s decision to provide $3.6 billion annually over three years that ranks as one of the most important recent developments, along with the release of a short negotiating text by an ad-hoc U.N. working group.

By Juliet Eilperin | December 12, 2009; 10:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

Leaked Danish text: faked shock?

Earlier this week the climate talks in Copenhagen erupted when The Guardian newspaper published a copy of a proposal drafted by Danish officials, aimed at outlining a basis for negotiations here. But new information obtained by The Washington Post sheds a different light on the uproar

By Juliet Eilperin | December 12, 2009; 6:07 AM ET | Comments (13)

China: Poor or rich?

By Steven Mufson Is China, where per capita income is less than a tenth of that in the United States, a developing country that needs - or deserves - aid from the world's developed countries to pay for projects to...

By Steven Mufson | December 11, 2009; 1:30 PM ET | Comments (1)

Chinese official: Stern lacks "common sense"

By Juliet Eilperin COPENHAGEN--China's Vice Foreign Minister He Yafei criticized the top U.S. climate envoy Friday as either lacking "common sense" or being "extremely irresponsible" for saying the United States would not help China financially to cope with global warming....

By Juliet Eilperin | December 11, 2009; 12:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

Hacking back in Copenhagen

Rather than providing several Morning Reads today, Post Carbon will provide just one, but it's a high-quality selection.

By Juliet Eilperin | December 11, 2009; 12:47 PM ET | Comments (2)

Reporters scramble for latest documents

COPENHAGEN--The ad-hoc group charged with charting a new path forward in climate talks here has boiled down the issues to a scant six page document, which sets targets and parameters for each of the major questions the world's nations must resolve. The draft was released a matter of hours after small island states -- who are most vulnerable to climate change -- issued their own treaty proposal.

By Debbi Wilgoren | December 11, 2009; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

A new carbon audit

Amid all the talk about what the U.S. will and won't do about global warming, one concrete climate measure cleared an important hurdle today--and it wasn't in Copenhagen.

By Juliet Eilperin | December 10, 2009; 4:30 PM ET | Comments (1)

The Soros plan

By Steven Mufson George Soros deals with big numbers and Thursday he delivered a speech in Copenhagen proposing that developed countries use $100 billion of their Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) at the International Monetary Fund to help the developing world...

By Steven Mufson | December 10, 2009; 3:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

Climate-gate post-mortem

At this point, many people be wishing to controversy over the hacked e-mails from the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit would disappear. But now that the actual news has subsided, the inevitable public relations analysis has surfaced.

By Juliet Eilperin | December 10, 2009; 12:05 PM ET | Comments (3)

Copenhagen's counting game

This week is what is considered the "slow week" in the U.N.-sponsored climate talks, because the high-level ministers and heads of government don't arrive until next week. But it's already quite crowded in Copenhagen's Bella Center.

By Juliet Eilperin | December 10, 2009; 5:31 AM ET | Comments (1)

Copenhagen's morning reads

One of the interesting things about this year's climate talks are the fissures that have appeared in the developing world's united front, in which emerging economies such as China and India have traditionally allied themselves with poor nations.

By Juliet Eilperin | December 10, 2009; 4:50 AM ET | Comments (1)

Chill breeze blowing from wind turbine market

By Steven Mufson Almost any plan to cut greenhouse gases depends on the construction of a huge number of wind turbines. But Vestas Wind Systems, the world's largest maker of wind turbines, told Bloomberg NewsWednesday that it would suspend production...

By Steven Mufson | December 9, 2009; 7:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

Sarah Palin riles up climate debate

By Steven Mufson The Sarah Palin op-ed in the Post today drew a lot of readers -- not all of them happy. It aroused irate comments from the environmental community in particular. Daniel J. Weiss of the Center for American...

By Steven Mufson | December 9, 2009; 4:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

Quote of the day from Copenhagen

By Juliet Eilperin Key Quote of the Day: "Emissions are emissions. You've just got to do the math," Todd Stern, the U.S. special envoy for climate change, speaking on why China needs to commit to curb its greenhouse gas emissions...

By Juliet Eilperin | December 9, 2009; 9:04 AM ET | Comments (1)

EPA chief: U.S. making up for lost time

The United States has been "fighting to make up for lost time" in the fight against global warming since President Obama took office nearly 11 months ago, Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa P. Jackson said Wednesday. In the Obama administration's keynote speech at the U.N.-sponsored climate talks here, Jackson said climate measures Obama had pushed over the last 11 months are more than what "happened in the last eight years prior" under former president George W. Bush.

By Juliet Eilperin | December 9, 2009; 8:05 AM ET | Comments (92)

Copenhagen's morning reads

The climate talks have already generated a huge amount of virtual ink, so here's a smattering of items that are helping drive the conversation:

By Juliet Eilperin | December 9, 2009; 6:15 AM ET | Comments (4)

Searching for certainty

How does the business community view the Copenhagen summit and the prospect in the United States of EPA regulation of greenhouse gases? "The business community is split," says Kevin Parker, global head of asset management at Deutsche Bank. "You've got...

By Steven Mufson | December 8, 2009; 4:14 PM ET | Comments (0)

Leaked Danish draft shows deep divide

The uproar here in Copenhagen Tuesday over a Danish draft plan for a future climate agreement shows exactly why the negotiations here are so difficult: the rules of the game will likely have to change in order to have a meaningful deal, and many countries have yet to embrace that.

By Juliet Eilperin | December 8, 2009; 2:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Decade set to be hottest on record

As negotiators worked in Copenhagen Tuesday on fashioning a global climate deal, the U.N.'s weather agency announced here that the current decade is set to be the warmest on record.

By Juliet Eilperin | December 8, 2009; 12:21 PM ET | Comments (2)

Does Greece need to be in the black before it can be green?

The road to Copenhagen is paved with good intentions - and pockmarked with tough choices. Take those faced by Greece, for example. George Papandreou, Greece's recently elected leader, made "green growth" one of the central themes for his election campaign....

By Steven Mufson | December 8, 2009; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Copenhagen's 2 Degree Target

Over the next couple of weeks, you'll hear a lot about the "two-degree target," which refers to the goal of keeping the global mean temperature from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

By Juliet Eilperin | December 8, 2009; 7:33 AM ET | Comments (2)

Red-eye to Copenhagen

The upside to catching the direct SAS flight from Washington-Dulles to Copenhagen Monday night: you catch a glimpse of several D.C.-types headed to the U.N.-sponsored climate talks.

By Juliet Eilperin | December 8, 2009; 7:29 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Power of the EPA -- and the Supreme Court case that affirmed it

The EPA's finding Monday that carbon dioxide and five other greenhouse gases endanger public health wouldn't have been possible without an April 2007 ruling by the Supreme Court. In a 5-4 decision, the court said that carbon dioxide should be...

By Steven Mufson | December 7, 2009; 4:31 PM ET | Comments (0)

EPA to formally declare danger of carbon emissions

The Obama administration will formally declare Monday that carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions pose a danger to the public's health and welfare, a move that lays the groundwork for an economy-wide carbon cap even if Congress fails to...

By Washington Post Editor | December 7, 2009; 10:55 AM ET | Comments (1)

Top climatologist wishes Copenhagen negotiators all the worst

A famous climate scientist is so worried about climate change that he hopes the talks at Copenhagen fail James Hansen, who is the director of NASA's Goddard Institute of Space Studies, is routinely called the grandfather of the science of...

By Steven Mufson | December 7, 2009; 10:34 AM ET | Comments (20)

Contrarians at the climate-gate

By Juliet Eilperin The controversy over the e-mails stolen from one of Britain's top climate research centers--a.k.a. Climate-gate--has sparked a new campaign aimed at convincing the American Physical Society to reverse the call it issued in 2007 for a...

By Juliet Eilperin | December 7, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (7)

Coping in Copenhagen

By Juliet Eilperin The United Nations-sponsored climate meeting starting Monday may be too popular for its own good. It all comes down to numbers: Copenhagen's Bella Center, the venue of the talks, has a maximum capacity of 15,000. According to...

By Juliet Eilperin | December 7, 2009; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

For Obama in Copenhagen, not exactly a welcome wagon

Kevin Conrad, the executive director of the Coalition for Rainforest Nations, isn't exactly impressed with the Obama administration's opening bid in the pivotal talks beginning today in Copenhagen.

By Juliet Eilperin | December 6, 2009; 9:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

Welcome to Post Carbon

Post Carbon aims to give readers perspective, in real time, on the key climate and energy issues that face us globally. From a quick conversation in the hallway of Copenhagen's Bella Center during the U.N. climate negotiations to the online...

By Washington Post Editor | December 6, 2009; 9:13 PM ET | Comments (3)

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