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Copenhagen digest 15/12/09

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DAY EIGHT: Gordon and Charles fly in; Al Gore accused of ‘spin’ * The climate change summit as seen in the world’s newspapers, magazines and websites

‘Entering its second week, just days before the arrival of the political leaders, the Copenhagen climate conference is in the grip of a serious deadlock’, reports the Guardian. ‘Developed nations are trying to water down their emission commitments – no wonder the rest of the world is angry’.

Gordon Brown and Prince Charles fly out to Copenhagen today amid fears that the ’ historic’ international climate change talks are falling apart. The Daily Mail reports that both men ‘will put pressure on world leaders in the crucial final stages of the summit’. The paper also notes that ‘talks were suspended for five hours yesterday after developing countries withdrew their cooperation, claiming that richer countries were ignoring their concerns’.

Alex Salmond, First Minister of Scotland, will take part in an opening ‘commitment session’ in the Danish capital alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger, governor of California. Scottish TV reports he will also sign a joint statement in Copenhagen with the president of the Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed, to highlight Scotland’s climate change targets and help the island archipelago become the world’s first ‘carbon-neutral country’.

Former US Vice-President and Nobel Prize-winner Al Gore has become embroiled in a climate change ‘spin’ row after claiming that the Arctic could be completely ice-free within five years, says the Telegraph.

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