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Copenhagen digest: 17/12/09

DAY TEN: Pessimism prevails as world leaders arrive at talks * The climate change summit as seen in the world’s newspapers, magazines and websites

The Copenhagen Conference is on brink of collapse according to the Guardian, reporting that ‘Officials from the three main blocs (rich countries, major developing economies, and small island states) say they have given up on getting an agreement’.

‘Denmark gives up’, the Danish Berlingske newspaper reports, as the host nation admits defeat in brokering an agreement between all parties. A senior spokesperson is quoted as saying ‘the failure was a monumental disappointment to the Danes.’

World leaders could put off major decisions on global warming for six months, says the Telegraph, as Gordon Brown warns the ‘conference is threatened with a deadlock’. Ed Miliband, Britain’s climate change secretary, is reportedly prepared to hold another international climate summit in Mexico City next summer.

‘Chinese undermine hopes of a Copenhagen climate deal’, The Times reports, as their premier, Wen Jiabao, arrives in Copenhagen. An official statement released said that China ‘did not want an operational accord – an agreement with teeth’, preferring instead a ‘short, political declaration of some sort’.

Any deal struck in Copenhagen could be monitored by Google and NASA – in both space and cyberspace, the Associated Press reports.

Readers' comments (1)

  • So the politicians can't agree - makes a change! It's a pity the medium to long term consequences of this approach are likely to be 6 degree increase in global temperatures resulting in mass extinction, probably including us.
    I hate to think what sort of world we're going to leave our grand-children. And it's ALL OUR FAULT. The science is now good enough for us to know better.

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