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The Sun has Set on Copenhagen and the COP-15

Actually, the sun set here in Copenhagen several hours ago, but it seems to have also set for the COP.  A new accord appears to have been reached this evening, but it falls short of most expectations.  This morning, President Obama flew in to deliver a disappointing speech in front of the UN and then […]

Hillary Clinton Arrives

At a press briefing today, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pledged that the United Stated will contribute its “fair share” of the $100 billion dollars needed for developing countries to deal with the negative effects of climate change IF the parties can come together on an agreement by the end of the COP.  This has […]

Via Campesina & Sustainable Agriculture

  While a portion of our team was able to make it into the Bella Center for the COP yesterday, a few of us headed over to the Kilmaforum for a fantastic presentation by La Via Campesina called “Small Scale Sustainable Farmers are Cooling Down the Earth.”  This diverse panel included small-scale farmers and activists […]

Transparency & Civilian Participation Falls Apart at COP15

After a disappointing day for many of us, who waited in seemingly endless lines to nowhere, the COP has essentially come to an early end… at least for observers. As anticipated, COP15 has become the most attended climate COP to date.   Unfortunately, the Bella Center in Copenhagen (capacity of 15,000) is not large enough to […]

Half Way

With the first week of the COP 15 coming to an end, a draft proposal is finally on the table, although it leaves many of the details still “to be determined.”  http://unfccc.int/files/kyoto_protocol/application/pdf/draftcoretext.pdf During negotiations this morning, Tuvalu made another impassioned plea for the world to realize that its very survival depends on a binding and […]

How to Respond to a “Climate Change Skeptic”

With the “leaked email scandal” from last week that many climate change opponents have turned to as “proof” that scientists have been falsifying, exaggerating, or just plain lying about climate change data, I think it is important to reflect on just how proven human induced climate change is. If you aren’t convinced by the scientific […]

View From the Plenary

The Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) met today for the 1st Plenary II meeting.  (There are two major plenary, the other by the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI).)  The SBSTA’s agenda for the day included issues surrounding the development and transfer of technologies, research and systematic observations, and how to reduce emissions […]

More Than Just VLS traveled from Vermont to Copenhagen

Here is an article about Vermont Attorney Brian Dunkiel, who is representing the Pacific island nation of Palau.  Our own Jessica Scott is quoted at the bottom of the article! http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=200991206025

Relaxing at Home

Here we are with the owner of the house the night before he leaves for his six week trip to Uruguay.

E.P.A. Finalizes Endangerment Finding

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has finalized their proposed greenhouse gas endangerment finding just in time to keep the pressure on Congress while the U.S. negotiates at Copenhagen.  See the quick post from the NY Times below: http://greeninc.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/12/07/epa-sets-carbon-crackdown/?hp