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Archive: December 13, 2009 - December 19, 2009

Copenhagen's sleepless nights

How do you put together a climate deal when the entire process is in disarray? By engaging in an extended bout of sleep deprivation, apparently.

By Juliet Eilperin | December 19, 2009; 4:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama's Copenhagen

If you want to get a glimpse of what President Barack Obama's visit here is like, check out some recent pics the White House uploaded to its Flickr account.

By Juliet Eilperin | December 19, 2009; 4:49 PM ET | Comments (0)

Climate draft drops 2010 deadline

By Juliet Eilperin COPENHAGEN -- With time running out to forge a comprehensive climate agreement, negotiators at the U.N.-sponsored talks are considering a new draft agreement that would not require a binding treaty by 2010 but would lay the groundwork...

By Juliet Eilperin | December 18, 2009; 12:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

U.S. lawmakers leaving early to beat snow

Threats of snow in Washington D.C. is prompting the congressional delegation to leave early, even as the president may delay his departure in the hope of inking a climate deal here.

By Juliet Eilperin | December 18, 2009; 10:43 AM ET | Comments (4)

South Korea wants to host 2012 climate talks

Hosting a global climate conference can be tough, just ask the Danes.

By Juliet Eilperin | December 18, 2009; 10:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

Clinton's late-night diplomacy unsettles Chinese

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabo's decision to skip this morning's ad-hoc meeting of world leaders has gotten people in the Bella Center buzzing about whether the U.S. did something to offend him in the course of the night.

By Juliet Eilperin | December 18, 2009; 9:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

Obama to make 'robust effort' on climate change in 2010

President Obama's decision to travel to Copenhagen amid increasingly fractious negotiations regarding his health care bill is meant to send a signal of his commitment to the issue, according to a senior administration official briefed on the trip.

By Washington Post Editor | December 18, 2009; 8:22 AM ET | Comments (0)

Copenhagen's morning translation snafu

The best translation snafu yet came during Friday morning's speech by Brazil's president Luiz InĂ¡cio Lula da Silva, who begged for divine intervention in order to help salvage the troubled U.N.-sponsored talks.

By Juliet Eilperin | December 18, 2009; 7:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

Remarks by President Obama in Copenhagen

Updated at 8:46 a.m. ET with the complete transcript from President Obama's speech this morning before the plenary session at the Bella Center in Copenhagen. Compare against the prepared text here. THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. It is an honor for...

By Washington Post Editor | December 18, 2009; 7:03 AM ET | Comments (2)

Draft statement falls short on specifics

The draft political statement presented to Obama and other heads of government Friday on the final day of global climate talks outlines several general goals, but falls short of the specificity that many leaders have said is essential for a final deal.

By Juliet Eilperin | December 18, 2009; 6:29 AM ET | Comments (1)

Obama huddles with world leaders

By Juliet Eilperin and Anthony Faiola COPENHAGEN -- Delegates from 193 countries are gathered in the plenary hall here for the morning session of the final day of the global climate-change conference. But the start time was delayed as...

By Juliet Eilperin | December 18, 2009; 5:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

GOP Threatens to Veto EPA "Endangerment" Finding

By David A. Fahrenthold Having failed in a previous attempt to squash the Environmental Protection Agency's ability to regulate greenhouse gases, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) is trying another. In a press conference with other Republican Senators Thursday, Murkowski said she...

By David A. Fahrenthold | December 17, 2009; 5:28 PM ET | Comments (2)

8 Questions about the climate talks in Copenhagen

By David A. Fahrenthold and Juliet Eilperin 1.) What the heck is all this? This is a United Nations-run conference that was -- originally -- supposed to produce a new global agreement to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions because what happens...

By Juliet Eilperin | December 17, 2009; 2:05 PM ET | Comments (1)

Greenpeace protesters arrested in Washington

Four protesters scaled the front of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce headquarters Thursday morning and unfurled banners to protest the group's stance on this week's climate change talks in Copenhagen. D.C.

By Washington Post Editor | December 17, 2009; 12:07 PM ET | Comments (5)

Clinton's Copenhagen Offer

For Post Carbon readers who want to know what Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said in Copenhagen Wednesday morning, word for word, here's a full transcript of her opening remarks at today's press conference.

By Juliet Eilperin | December 17, 2009; 8:48 AM ET | Comments (2)

Quoted in Copenhagen

Dollar value, like beauty, is apparently in the eye of the beholder: "One hundred billion dollars is a lot. It can have tangible effects." --Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, on the U.S. pledge to help fund $100 billion annually...

By Juliet Eilperin | December 17, 2009; 8:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Fossil fuel subsidies could transfer to $100B climate fund

Obama officials have suggested to environmental activists that money currently going to subsidize fossil fuel industries could provide a significant part of a $100 billion annual fund for poor countries to combat global warming, which the U.S. and EU have committed to build by 2020.

By Juliet Eilperin | December 17, 2009; 7:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

Copenhagen protests dwindle

Thursday saw smaller, more peaceful demonstrations at global climate talks than the violent protests on Wednesday that drew tear gas, pepper spray and police batons. But organizers warned that larger protests could resume Friday, when President Obama and other world leaders will wrap up the summit.

By Anthony Faiola | December 17, 2009; 7:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

Copenhagen: latest developments

COPENHAGEN--China's revelation early Thursday that it cannot envision an immediate, operational accord emerging from negotiations here was followed hours later by a U.S. pledge to help fund $100 billion a year to developing countries by 2020 if a substantive pact is reached.

By Juliet Eilperin | December 17, 2009; 7:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

U.S. gives $1 billion for forests

Breaking news: U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsak announced Wednesday the U.S. would provide $1 billion over the next three years to preserve tropical forests overseas.

By Juliet Eilperin | December 16, 2009; 11:59 AM ET | Comments (70)

Copenhagen marks historic gathering

Where does this week's leaders summit in Copenhagen rank in the history of global gatherings? High up. Very high up. With 119 heads of government confirmed as attending the talks either Thursday or Friday, or both, the meeting ranks as...

By Juliet Eilperin | December 16, 2009; 10:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

The G-77's ominous warming

The assistant president of Sudan, Nafie Ali Nafie, who represents the G-77 plus China, made it clear in his opening speech of the high-level summit that developing countries will torpedo any pact that replaces the current climate pact, the Kyoto Protocol.

By Juliet Eilperin | December 16, 2009; 9:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

Protests heat up as heads of state arrive

Lots of protests, and some tear gas, at the climate talks in Copenhagen Wednesday. Dozens of heads of states are converging for the final phase of the 193-nation, U.N.-sponsored talks, but significant obstacles to a final agreement remain.

By Debbi Wilgoren | December 16, 2009; 7:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Copenhagen's morning reads

Even as the Copenhagen negotiations are mired in confusion, the host city has earned the honor of having a new bicyling invention named after it--a motorized rear wheel created by a Massachusetts Institute of Technology lab.

By Juliet Eilperin | December 16, 2009; 4:38 AM ET | Comments (0)

Hillary Clinton will head to Copenhagen

Just in case there weren't enough policy star power in Copenhagen, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton plans to attend the climate conference, according to sources with non-governmental organizations at the conference.

By Steven Mufson | December 15, 2009; 2:48 PM ET | Comments (11)

Copenhagen's morning reads

Here's a mix of opinion columns and scientific reports this morning, to guide readers through the ongoing climate negotiations.

By Juliet Eilperin | December 15, 2009; 5:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

Nopenhagen for NGOs

As the climate talks reach a critical point, the United Nations is cutting back on access to the Bella Center, especially for the more than 22,000 registered members of non-governmental organizations.

By Juliet Eilperin | December 14, 2009; 7:19 PM ET | Comments (1)

Copenhagen's Biking Culture

This is a place where bike traffic outnumbers vehicular traffic in the city's center, where 60 percent of town residents commute to work on two wheels rather than four.

By Juliet Eilperin | December 14, 2009; 5:43 PM ET | Comments (1)

Video: Representing indigenous interests at climate summit

Saturday was Indigenous Peoples' Day at the U.N.-sponsored climate talks here in Copenhagen. While native tribes have not gotten much of a hearing in the context of the international climate negotiations this week, one of their representatives -- Johnson Cerda, indigenous advisor for Conservation International's indigenous and traditional people's program -- thinks they deserve more of a voice.

By Washington Post Editor | December 14, 2009; 3:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Chinese ambassador tries to ease dispute over climate talks

China's ambassador to the United States this morning tried to smooth over the controversy last week in Copenhagen over comments by top U.S. negotiator Todd Stern, who said that U.S. money would not go to help China cover the cost of slowing climate change.

By Steven Mufson | December 14, 2009; 1:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

Video: Protesters rally on behalf of Tuvalu

One of the biggest flashpoints at the climate convention has been the push by small island states, which are threatened by rising sea levels, for a legally-binding treaty with ambitious emission reduction targets.

By Washington Post Editor | December 14, 2009; 9:24 AM ET | Comments (0)

A sober note from the IEA

The International Energy Agency sounded a sober note today, politely warning that even if the Copenhagen summit reaches an agreement along the most ambitious terms being discussed, it won't be enough.

By Steven Mufson | December 14, 2009; 8:12 AM ET | Comments (6)

Copenhagen's rival quote of the day

With the U.N.-sponsored talks at a standstill, here, a reporter asked the top U.N. climate official, Yvo de Boer, how he would describe the status of the negotiations if one compared it to climbing a mountain where the summit represents a final deal.

By Juliet Eilperin | December 14, 2009; 7:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

Copenhagen's quote of the day

"Ministers and negotiators need to get their act together."

By Juliet Eilperin | December 14, 2009; 4:16 AM ET | Comments (0)

Climate-gate feud on FOX

While negotiators from an array of countries are trading barbs back and forth here, their sparring pales in comparison to the verbal tiff Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) had with Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla) had on Fox News Sunday today.

By Juliet Eilperin | December 13, 2009; 7:35 PM ET | Comments (1)

Who pays to preserve forests?

The Associated Press published a story Sunday night saying "a proposal aimed at saving the world's tropical forests suffered a setback Sunday, when negotiators at the U.N. climate talks ditched plans for faster action on the problem because of concerns that rich countries aren't willing to finance it."

By Juliet Eilperin | December 13, 2009; 7:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Copenhagen's morning reads

Saturday's protests have generated a flood of pictures.

By Juliet Eilperin | December 13, 2009; 5:10 AM ET | Comments (2)

Update on protests in Copenhagen

Yesterday afternoon, I wrote about the protests in Copenhagen. Read the updates here: The protest was the largest of its kind since the U.N.-sponsored talks began in the Danish capital on Monday: Organizers said as many 100,000 people joined in...

By Juliet Eilperin | December 13, 2009; 12:22 AM ET | Comments (0)

 
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