Environment Forum

Youth groups bending the ear of business at COP15

December 11, 2009

There are numerous youth groups at the Copenhagen Climate Conference (they are known as ‘Youngos’, short for young non-governmental organisations) and they have all come here to make sure their collective voice is heard as delegates negotiate an agreement on how to tackle climate change.

from Mario Di Simine:

For rent: COP15 apartment, $5,000 for 2 weeks

December 11, 2009

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In a country where income taxes can run as high as 60 percent and the word most used to describe almost everything is "expensive", it's little wonder the locals are eager to pocket a few extra Danish kroner during the COP15 Copenhagen climate conference.

from Mario Di Simine:

WWF, businesses deal on emissions

December 11, 2009

The debate over lowering greenhouse gas emissions is sometimes depicted as a fight between environmental groups concerned over the health of the planet and businesses concerned about economic growth and bottom-line erosion.

from The Great Debate:

For real results on climate, look beyond Copenhagen

December 11, 2009

-- Aron Cramer is the president and CEO of BSR, a global business network and consultancy focused on sustainability. He is also coauthor of the forthcoming book Sustainable Excellence (Rodale 2010). The views expressed are his own.  --

The answer could be blowing in the wind

December 10, 2009

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Well into the first week of the U.N. Conference on Climate Change, the haves and have nots of the world are still divided over who should pay for the cleanup of the planet. Poor countries want rich countries to cough up more ambitious goals for emissions cuts and developing technologies.

from Mario Di Simine:

JohnsonDiversey exec sees CO2 reductions good for businesses

December 10, 2009

Some businesses in the United States will have to reinvent themselves as the Obama administration moves to lower greenhouse gas emissions, but they'll be  better off in the long run, Pedro Chidichimo, president of JohnsonDiversey EMA, told Reuters.com on Thursday.

Reporter’s video notebook: Day Four

December 10, 2009

Reuters environmental markets correspondent Gerard Wynn is at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Copenhagen. In this video log, he previews what to expect on the fourth day of talks.

Day Three: And what of Obama?

December 9, 2009

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President Barack Obama’s decision to attend the climate talks in Copenhagen next week, at the end of the process rather than at the beginning, is said to show the White House is serious about pursuing a deal to curb global warming.

Climate skeptics hold their own Copenhagen conference

December 9, 2009

With the world’s eyes firmly fixed on the U.N. Climate Conference in Copenhagen it is easy to forget that there remains a significant group of scientists and politicians who do not accept that humanity’s emissions of greenhouse gases are the primary cause of climate change.

Day Two: Reaction to the EPA

December 8, 2009

(Updated with comments from Dr. Gidon Eshel, physics professor, Bard College)

On the first day of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Copenhagen, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency cleared the way for regulation of greenhouse gases without new laws passed by Congress, reflecting President Barack Obama’s commitment to act on climate change.