Environment Forum

Obama gets high marks for green record: environmental group

December 30, 2009

obama_solarPresident Barack Obama came into office with climate change and the environment on his list of top priorities.

Packing while Copenhagen burns

December 18, 2009

Bella1The talks were supposed to be over, “family photo” taken, and slaps on the back given all round.

The strange spectacle of too many heads of government

December 17, 2009

COP15picThere are around 120 heads of government at the Copenhagen climate talks, so many that it’s hard to keep track of the exact number.

Auxiliary verbs at 10pm and the scarcest resource – sleep

December 17, 2009

CO2tonneThe issues are global and urgent, but the bureaucracy can sometimes be mind-bogglingly slow and petty.

Are the Copenhagen climate talks failing?

December 15, 2009

COP15picIn the last few days it has seemed like the only thing everyone can agree on in Copenhagen is that time is running out.

Cap and trade not the solution, climate scientist says

December 15, 2009

Fighting climate change is a huge investment opportunity but not through emissions trading and investors should instead put their money into renewables which will power the economy in the future, says a leading environmental scientist and cap and trade expert.

from Mario Di Simine:

Climate costs up front worth gains later, EBA chief says

December 14, 2009

Fiona Wain photoMany negotiators and large industry groups at the COP15 climate conference in Copenhagen argue that climate action is a question of cost, but the price paid up front is worth the savings later, says the chief executive of a leading business think tank.

from Mario Di Simine:

Video: Protests under way in Copenhagen

December 12, 2009

Demonstrators came out in force early Saturday morning as the sun broke through the clouds that have blanketed Copenhagen during the first week of COP15.  A huge march, with about 60,000 protesters expected, is planned for later in the day but smaller rallies are already under way as groups make their way to the main event -- the march to the Bella Center, host of the COP15 global climate conference.

Packed train beats cheap plane to Copenhagen

December 11, 2009

Imagine standing packed inside a commuter train with a thousand other people, some in dire need of a shower, some apparently having eaten garlic for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Imagine your fingertips clinging to a metal overhead rack as you struggle to stay upright on turns and bumps in the track. And then imagine doing that for hours on end.

Forget polar bears, who will save the prostitutes?

December 11, 2009

Among the many messages sent out by politicians during the UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen, “Be sustainable — don’t buy sex” has to be one of the least expected. This was the advice circulated by Ritt Bjeregaard, the city’s mayor and a former EU Environment Commissioner, sent via postcard to all the hotels in the city to tell them to stamp down on conference-goers looking to patronise prostitutes on their premises.