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Copenhagen digest: 8/12/09

The climate change summit - as seen through the world’s newspapers, magazines and websites

Gordon Brown is urging EU leaders to go deeper with carbon emission cuts, according to the Guardian, in order to to seal a global deal.

The conference opened with ‘an angry defence of the science of global warming’ by Dr Rajendra Pachauri, head of the UN’s panel on climate change. The Independent’s front page headline promises: ‘We wont let sceptics hijack climate change’.

In a guest post on sustainability blog Treehugger Al Gore continues to warn that critical tipping point approaches.

The New York Times has an excellent info-graphic to explain ‘global emissions levels, the legacy of the Kyoto Protocol and the risks of inaction on global warming’.

In a move to ‘strengthen America’s bargaining hand in Copenhagen’, the Obama administration has finalised a declaration that greenhouse gases endanger public health, reports the Los Angeles Times, opening the door to tough new emissions standards for vehicles, factories and power plants.

The Sun, as ever, managed to find a unique angle to the story, claiming polar bears are being forced into cannibalism by the effects of climate change.


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