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Copenhagen digest 14/12/09

DAY SEVEN: Crunch time in Copenhagen as hopes for a deal fade * The climate change summit as seen in the world’s newspapers, magazines and websites


‘Crunch time in Copenhagen: Will week 2 make a difference?’ asks Time magazine, suggesting not enough progress has been made ‘to ensure that the conference will come to a successful conclusion’.

British Climate Change Secretary Ed Miliband says it will be difficult to resolve issues on ‘financing and emissions targets to reach a global climate change agreement with only five days’, the AP reports, noting that ‘the British have called for a yearly fund of $100 billion by 2020’.

‘The key decision on preventing catastrophic climate change will be delayed for up to six years’ if world leaders in Copenhagen agree on compromise deal ‘which ignores advice from the UN’s science body’, states The Times.

The conflict between rich and poor countries continues as ‘poor nations threaten climate deal showdown’ according to the Guardian. The paper claims a number of African countries will quit the talks ‘unless significant progress was made in the next three days’.

Scientific evidence is once again at the forefront of discussions as leading scientists state ‘Sunspots do not cause climate change’, in the Independent. This disproves the claims of sceptics that ‘the increase in world temperatures… is part of a natural cycle’.

A tweet on the Greenpeace Twitter page links to photos of mounted protesters in Copenhagen dressed as the four horsemen of the Apocalypse.

As the public arrive in Copenhagen for organised demonstrations, the Guardian provides photographs of the weekend’s protests. The paper also reports ‘Rights groups press for inquiry into police tactics’, following the mass arrests of over a thousand protesters this weekend and claims of police use of controversial ‘Kettling’ tactics.

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