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The climate change negotiations here in Copenhagen seem to be split over one issue more than others: transparency. Heads of government seem to be acknowledging in their addresses that climate change is real. For many ordinary people, this is something that politicians do not seem to say very often. They are acknowledging that something must… » read more

Posted by Stuart Langridge

At every turn and in every direction, COP15 is a conference divided. Before the conference began, it was about who could get in and who couldn’t. In the early days, it was the massive delays for staff from NGOs, the media and even delegates to get in to the building. There were protests both in… » read more

Posted by Stuart Langridge

The Bella Center has just been brought to a virtual standstill by three events. After all the speeches and posturing by heads of government from around the world, three took to the floor one after another. They were from China, Brazil and the United States. (Oddly, after such powerful company, they were followed by the… » read more

Posted by Stuart Langridge

The business-end of the summit is arriving. TV sets around the Bella Center are all showing the main plenary where leader after leader is giving his or her few minutes worth of thoughts about the situation. When there are well over 100 leaders in the room, fairness dictates that they all get their few minutes… » read more

Posted by Stuart Langridge

In contrast to yesterday, getting in to the event was a gentle glide this morning. The police had actually closed the nearest Metro station, meaning that it was a glide of around a kilometer in the driving snow, but still great ‘in comparison’. For the EurActiv / Blogactiv team, today has been a busy day… » read more

Posted by Stuart Langridge

Today was Day 1 for the EurActiv / Blogactiv team at the COP15 event in Copenhagen. Today is the day we had been waiting for. And wait we did! If you have read stories in your international newspapers about the time it has been taking people to get in to the event, I can confirm… » read more

Posted by Stuart Langridge

The following article has been sent to Blogactiv by Frederic de Hemptinne of the European Water Association. Adaptation and, in particular, water are low priorities on the Copenhagen agenda. Considering the difficulties to make a firm agreement on mitigation, there is little chance it will get the attention it deserves. One could wonder whether putting… » read more

Posted by Stuart Langridge