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U.N. Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

As the UN Climate Change conference enters its second day in Copenhagen, Time staff writer Bryan Walsh describes what we can expect over the next two weeks, what the 15,000 delegates are talking about, and whether yesterday’s announcement that the EPA has determined that greenhouse gasses must be regulated will help the US come to an agreement in Denmark.

Here are some of Bryan Walsh's recent articles about the Copenhagen conference:
5 Things to Watch for at the Copenhagen Climate-Change Conference
As Climate Summit Nears, Skeptics Gain Traction
The Tragedy of the Himalayas

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Comments [8]

superf88

Hugh -- and let's not forget that in the last decade some of America's worst polluters simply moved their production TO China and its "business friendly" environmental regulations. To me that counts too.

Dec. 08 2009 12:30 PM
Hugh Sansom from Brooklyn NY

Bryan Walsh is engaging in a popular lie by omission when he says China is the top emitter today. The US remains the top emitter by something like a factor of 4. That is, we emit almost as much as China even though we have roughly one fourth the population.

Dec. 08 2009 12:22 PM
rob

How does the Cap and Trade with Carbon work? And, how is it different than the Cap and Trade system under the U.S. Clean Air Act?

Dec. 08 2009 12:22 PM
superf88

exactly what is the target number of maximum global emissions -- and how was that number obtained?

so far the "cap" sounds brainlessly contrived and indeed an "emperor is wearing no clothes" setup for some enterprising reporter...

Dec. 08 2009 12:21 PM
Hugh Sansom from Brooklyn NY

The starting point of American non-bargaining, one endorsed by Obama, is that NOTHING can or will be done that undermines making unlimited profit.

That is, profit trumps climate protection. NONSENSE! We cannot make progress unless we recognize that it IS POSSIBLE that protecting the environment and making real progress on climate change may hurt profits. Americans reject this. Liberal Paul Krugman offered a perfect example of this mistaken thinking in Monday's New York Times.

Dec. 08 2009 12:19 PM
Randy

What is the position of the Coppenhaggen crowd on Nuclear power? Despite it's problems, it gets the job done in terms of cutting CO2. Isn't most of the CO2 generated done by power plants?

Wind and Solar can't be scaled to the level of nuclear power unless there are breakthroughs in solar cell technology.

Even James Lovelock who wrote the "Revenge of Gaia" wants to see us use nuclear power.

Dec. 08 2009 12:13 PM
Hugh Sansom from Brooklyn NY

The United States is the very worst on environmental issues by a large large margin. We have the largest per capita emissions by a huge amount.

We have a revoltingly indifferent or hostile population. We have a political and corporate elite that are committing -- in my opinion -- crimes against humanity.

Dec. 08 2009 12:12 PM
Gabrielle from Brooklyn

Are Americans more skeptical about climate change than people of other nations?

And, what role does the large number of coal producing states play in coming to a solution through political means (ie. congress)?

Dec. 08 2009 08:41 AM

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