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The world On Thin Ice: Live From copenhagen 2009

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The Copenhagen conference on climate change has opened against an ominous backdrop.  Global greenhouse gas emissions and temperatures are rising at an alarming and unanticipated pace.  The impacts of climate change are now readily apparent, with Arctic sea ice disappearing and world sea levels rising at rates beyond even some worst-case scenarios.  Scientists are telling us that global greenhouse gas emissions must peak within the next decade — and decline steeply thereafter — if the world is to have a chance of avoiding catastrophic climate change.

But the situation’s not beyond hope: Millions of people around the world are calling for strong, immediate action to curb global warming, and tens of thousands of people have traveled to Copenhagen with this message.  Among those who are currently in Copenhagen demanding real action now are two key staff members of the Center for Biological Diversity’s Climate Law Institute, Climate Director Kassie Siegel and Senior Attorney Vera Pardee, as well as the director of the Center’s Public Land-s Program, Brendan Cummings. They’re sending us reports straight from the front lines of the fight against global warming — while the Center’s Climate Campaign Coordinator Rose Braz will report on Copenhagen-related events in San Francisco. Through this blog, we’ll keep you updated on the progress in Copenhagen, the Center’s work there, and how you can help us from home to push for a strong, science-based, binding international agreement in Copenhagen.  

Brendan Cummings and Frostpaw the polar bear in Copenhagen.

December 24, 2009 What Happened in Copenhagen
December 21, 2009
Copenhagen: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

December 18, 2009
– With Non-governmental Groups Including the Center Excluded, Climate Talks Approach Sickening Denouement

December 18, 2009
A Very Bad Deal So Far
December 17, 2009
Last Day at the Bella
December 16, 2009
– Chaos in Copenhagen
December 14, 2009
– A Weekend of Protests
December 13, 2009
– 350 or Bust!

December 12, 2009 – Kerry-Lieberman-Graham Bill: Not a Solution
December 11, 2009
Day Six: Make Some Noise for a Better Deal in Copenhagen

December 10, 2009 – Day Five: Yes, He Can

December 9, 2009 – Day Four: Gridlocked
December 9, 2009 If You Didn't Make It to Copenhagen
December 8, 2009 Day Three: The Center Shines
December 7, 2009 COP 15: Day Two
December 6, 2009 En Route to Copenhagen


Polar bears on Hudson Bay © Brendan Cummings