Copenhagen

Video explains ice sculpture outside Copenhagen climate meeting -- notice how it's melting?

Earlier today I posted a photo by InvestigateWest photographer Mark Malijan of an ice sculpture of Copenhagen's most famous landmark, the Little Mermaid statue in the harbor.  It's melting. In December. In Copenhagen. Outside the global negotiations on what to do about global warming, Antje Von Broock of Friends of the Earth Germany talks with InvestigateWest videographer Blair Kelly and correspondent Alex Kelly about the significance of the ice sculpture:

-- Robert McClure

Activists shine light on issues getting short shrift inside Copenhagen climate negotiations

The scene outside the global climate talks in Copenhagen is a cornucopia of innovative artwork, inspiring panel discussions and provocative characters with fascinating stories to tell, the InvestigateWest team reports.

In fact, there were so many interesting events and people that the sheer number made it hard to focus on any one today, InvestigateWest correspondent Alexander Kelly told me by Skype just now.

But he’s focused enough to know that he will be doing a piece on the critique of cap-and-trade, which many economists and politicians promote but which many environmentalists in Copenhagen this week oppose.

[caption id="attachment_6879" align="alignleft" width="226" caption="In this panel discussion at a symposium known as KlimatForum09, Hanne Marstrand Strong, president of the Manitou Foundation, based in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado speaks of her group, which provides land grants and financial support to religious organizations and environmental groups. InvestigateWest photo by Mark Malijan."]In this panel discussion at a symposium known as KlimatForum09, Hanne Marstrand Strong, president of the Manitou Foundation, based in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado speaks of her group, which provides land grants and financial support to religious organizations and environmental groups. InvestigateWest photo by Mark Malijan.[/caption]

And he’s considering writing about ocean acidification, which is a big concern to the maritime community of the Pacific Northwest.

Folks -- are there climate-related topics you’d like to hear about that probably are being discussed in Copenhagen?

Images of the Copenhagen climate conference

The fact that the United Nations barred InvestigateWest journalists from covering the actual meetings on climate change in Copenhagen didn't prevent InvestigateWest photographers Mark Malijan and Christopher Crow from capturing some interesting images outside the gates of the Bella Center:

[caption id="attachment_6860" align="aligncenter" width="226" caption="Chris Keene, of Wales, used a variety of self-propelled vehicles to make his way more than 900 miles to Copenhagen for the talks. InvestigateWest photo by Christopher Crow."]Chris Keene, of Wales, used a variety of self-propelled vehicles to make his way more than 900 miles to Copenhagen for the talks. InvestigateWest photo by Christopher Crow.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_6861" align="aligncenter" width="226" caption="One of the bazillion phone calls made by meeting participants. InvestigateWest photo by Mark Malijan."]One of the bazillion phone calls made by meeting participants. InvestigateWest photo by Mark Malijan.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_6863" align="aligncenter" width="226" caption="Delegates and others emerge from the Bella Center, where the negotiations are conducted, at day's end. InvestigateWest photo by Mark Malijan."]Delegates and others emerge from the Bella Center, where the negotiations are conducted, at day's end.</p />
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Ice replica of Copenhagen's most famous statue melts

Ice melting in Copenhagen in December -- a statement by Friends of the Earth International on the condition of the melting  polar caps and glaciers worldwide. Read our latest on the climate talks.

[caption id="attachment_6837" align="aligncenter" width="240" caption="Ice sculpture melts just outside the Bella Center, site of the climate talks in Copenhagen. InvestigateWest photo by Mark Malijan."]Ice sculpture melts just outside the Bella Center, site of the climate talks in Copenhagen. InvestigateWest photo by Mark Malijan.[/caption]

 Update 9:48 a.m.: Oops. Guess I should have said this is a replica of the Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen's harbor.

Obama administration's climate regs have two key and timely audiences

The United Nations' refusal to accredit InvestigateWest journalsts to cover the global climate-change negotiations today in Copenhagen took up way too much of my day. How ridiculous! The UN, which can't even figure out how to open up to independent journalists the corridors outside where actual decisions are made* ... is going to be running an international treaty? One that likely will engender massive worldwide economic and energy-use changes?

rm iwest mugAnyway, to recap the most important development in the climate story on this side of the Atlantic today, the Obama administration announced it would be treating greenhouse gases as pollutants. I first saw it on the front page of The Wall Street Journal this morning, and further checking suggests the Journal got the jump on others on this story (with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers' positions both mentioned before the jump).

Now, this is anything but unexpected. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson announced  months ago the agency would be taking the step it did today, which puts EPA on the path to regulating carbon dioxide and methane and the whole shootin' match as if they were, oh, say, benzene. The EPA was more or less obligated to do this by a 2007 court decision.

Jackson said nothing about today's announcement when she was in Seattle Friday.

Wading skeletons and other images of the climate-change conference in Copenhagen

Photographer Christopher Crow emerged with arresting shots from the scene outside the international climate talks that began today in Copenhagen. Find out more.

[caption id="attachment_6776" align="alignleft" width="512" caption="Artwork outside the Bella Center, where the international climate negotiations got underway on Monday. InvestigateWest photo by Christopher Crow."]Artwork outside the Bella Center, where the international climate negotiations got underway on Monday. InvestigateWest photo by Christopher Crow.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_6782" align="alignleft" width="512" caption="United Nations security guard tells a frustrated observer her credentials are not yet available. InvestigateWest photo by Christopher Crow."]United Nations security guard tells a frustrated observer her credentials are not yet available. InvestigateWest photo by Christopher Crow.[/caption]

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Independent journalists denied access to Copenhagen climate talks

COPENHAGEN -- Climate change has become the story of the decade and probably the century. So it’s no surprise that the global climate negotiations beginning here today are making the headlines of nearly every major news organization in the world. With thousands of journalists in attendance, the conference seemed at low risk of going underreported. Or so I imagined.

[caption id="attachment_6760" align="alignright" width="98" caption="Alexander Kelly"]Alexander Kelly[/caption]

Late last night, I stood in line to receive my press pass to cover the negotiations. I was glad to have access to the front lines of the climate debate and the resources to report it. Imagine, then, the surprise I felt upon arriving at the press desk only to learn that my accreditation had been rescinded. The reason given: the UN had accredited too many journalists.

Incredulous, I showed the UN official, a man in his mid-20s, a copy of the email I received from the UN press office just a few weeks earlier. It contained three simple words: “Received and approved,” followed by directions for collecting my press pass. The man behind the counter glanced at the paper and told me he would be back in a few moments. He returned with a simple message: We are very sorry, but our records show that you have been denied, and we cannot provide you accreditation at this time.

Excuse me? Really? I flew almost 5,000 miles from the Pacific Northwest to Copenhagen to be denied access to an event I have spent half a year preparing for? Standing next to me was our video journalist, Blair Kelly, who took the email from his hands and told him to get his supervisor.

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Copenhagen climate talks start with protests against rich nations' pollution of atmosphere

We're starting to receive images from the beginning of the United Nations conference on climate change in Copenhagen, which kicked off today. For more on the conference see introductory posts by Alexander Kelly and Robert McClure:

[caption id="attachment_6726" align="aligncenter" width="226" caption="Protesters from ActionAid demand that rich industrialized countries pay reparations to poor countries bearing the brunt of climate change. InvestigateWest photo by Mark Malijan"]Protesters from ActionAid demand that rich industrialized countries pay reparations to poor countries bearing the brunt of climate change. InvestigateWest photo by Mark Malijan[/caption]

cop 12-7 action aid protesters 

[caption id="attachment_6718" align="aligncenter" width="226" caption="Reporter with Taiwan-based CTi News covers the ActionAid protest. InvestigateWest photo by Mark Malijan."]Reporter with Taiwan-based CTi News covers the ActionAid protest.</p />
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