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Finally! See arrested InvestigateWester's photos of protesters' charge toward Copenhagen climate talks

COPENHAGEN -- InvestigateWest photographer Christopher Crow had barely started shooting today, capturing the sprint of demonstrators who tried to break through police lines and storm the United Nations climate treaty talks, before he was arrested. Here are a few images he shot in those brief and chaotic moments:

[caption id="attachment_7430" align="aligncenter" width="512" caption="A Danish police officer looks up after using his baton to drop a young woman demonstrator as she and others tried to break through police lines to enter the United Nations climate treaty negotiations. InvestigateWest photo by Christopher Crow. "]A Danish police officer looks up after using his baton to drop a  young woman demonstrator as she and others tried to break through police lines to enter the United Nations climate treaty negotiations.  InvestigateWest photo by Christopher Crow. [/caption]

[caption id="attachment_7429" align="aligncenter" width="512" caption="Although police were using force, sometimes so were the demonstrators -- as in this shot, where a police officer is knocked to the ground by the protesters trying to rush the United Nations climate treaty meeting. InvestigateWest photo by Christopher Crow."]Although police were using force, sometimes so were the demonstrators -- as in this shot, where a police officer is knocked to the ground by the protesters trying to rush the United Nations climate treaty meeting.</p />
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InvestigateWest photographer released after arrest covering climate protests in Copenhagen

COPENHAGEN -- InvestigateWest photographer Christopher Crow was released from custody by Danish authorities who held him for 10 1/2 hours after arresting him for covering protests outside the United Nations climate summit.

Mark Malijan, an InvestigateWest photographer who was himself pepper-sprayed and hit with a police baton, confirmed Crow's release. Below is a picture shot by Malijan of Crow in custody.

[caption id="attachment_7412" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Christopher Crow shortly after his arrest. InvestigateWest photo by Mark Malijan."]Christopher Crow shortly after his arrest. InvestigateWest photo by Mark Malijan.[/caption]

Protesters knocked back in effort to penetrate already-crowded meeting hall for UN climate talks

By Alexander Kelly

COPENHAGEN – As protesters tried but failed to penetrate the conference center where negotiators are hashing out an international climate treaty, the United Nations today barred about 1,000 environmentalists who had previously been granted credentials.

[caption id="attachment_7374" align="alignleft" width="226" caption="Police used pepper spray, police dogs and their batons to keep demonstrators from getting inside the climate talks. InvestigateWest photo by Mark Malijan."]Police used pepper spray, police dogs and their batons to keep demonstrators from getting inside the climate talks. InvestigateWest photo by Mark Malijan.[/caption]

Meanwhile, InvestigateWest photographer Christopher Crow was arrested for the second time this week, this time as he tried to photograph the protesters attempting to break into the Bella Center amid barking police dogs and clouds of tear gas. About 230 demonstrators were arrested, police said.

The UN cited security concerns to justify ejecting whole delegations sent to the talks by environmental groups. But officials at the same time said they expected to expel increasingly large numbers of environmental delegates as the talks in the overcrowded center wend their way toward a Friday conclusion, and 119 heads of state arrive with their entourages.

The conference center's maximum capacity is 20,000, according to the facility’s website. The UN, however, accredited up to 45,000 for the conference.

Journalists have had trouble getting into the meeting hall.

InvestigateWest photographer again arrested at United Nations climate talks

COPENHAGEN -- For the second time in a week, an InvestigateWest photographer trying to cover protests against the United Nations climate treaty negotiations here has been arrested.

Christopher Crow was taken into custody along with a number of protesters attempting to get inside the Bella Center, where the international summit is being held, InvestigateWest correspondent Alexander Kelly reports.

Kelly will have a more detailed dispatch forthcoming.

Crow was also arrested on Sunday while covering demonstrators who were on their way to shut down Copenhagen harbor in protest of the "cap  and trade" policies international negotiators are haggling over.

Those policies, critics say, are misguided because they allow corporations to buy and sell the right to emit planet-warming gases such as carbon dioxide.  Proponents of the system point to the way it has helped ratchet down sulfur dioxide levels in the United States, lessening the impact of acid rain.

-- Robert McClure

Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels, at Copenhagen climate talks, says "conspicuous conservation" on the way

By Alexander Kelly and Blair Kelly

COPENHAGEN -- Outgoing Seattle mayor Greg Nickels, attending the United Nations climate treaty summit here, says in an interview that Americans need to rethink what represents a successful economy. He says making buildings energy efficient and similar measures should take the economic place of manufacturing lots of stuff:

See more from Nickels on how he sees his role in Copenhagen and how Seattle led in the fight to curb climate change.

Nickels in Copenhagen: Seattle showed a thousand other cities the way to curb climate change

By Alexander Kelly and Blair Kelly

COPENHAGEN -- Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels, here for the United Nations summit aimed at reaching a global climate treaty, outlines how Seattle has led in the fight to curb global warming. He led a campaign that saw many of his fellow members of the U.S. Conference of Mayors pledge their cities to cut greenhouse gas emissions as called for the by the Kyoto Protocol:

Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels at climate summit

By Alexander Kelly and Blair Kelly

COPENHAGEN -- Outgoing Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels, whose time in office was notable because he rallied city governments across the country and overseas to fight climate change, is here for the United Nations summit aimed at reining in climate change. This is the first of three segments of his interview that InvestigateWest will be posting. In it, Nickels he explains his role in Copenhagen:

"No borders" protest outside Copenhagen climate talks escalates to vandalism

Editor's note: InvestigateWest videographer Blair Kelly captured the scene as activists attending the so-called "No Borders" protest outside the United Nations climate talks in Copenhagen tore up a big prop meant to illustrate the size of a ton of carbon dioxide.