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Live from COP15: Optimism, Hard Work and Bridging the Divide
COPENHAGEN, A report from Earth2Tech — Four days deep into the Copenhagen climate negotiations a few things are clear: the glowing optimism of the opening ceremonies on Monday has faded, and now the reality of the hard work that is needed to bridge the gaping divide between developing and developed nations is looming ahead of the COP15 negotiators. They’ve got until the end of next week to get as close as possible to a greenhouse gas emissions reduction agreement, and as the United Nations climate chief Yvo de Boer stressed in a press conference on Tuesday morning, “It’s time to put words into actions.”
Beyond the politics, and negotiations, the city of Copenhagen is filled with parties, art installations, side green events (and climate skeptic events) as well as green-related companies showing off their various wares. Better Place is giving test drives of its first vehicle in partnership with Renault and due out in 2011. Better Place has partnered with Danish utility Dong Energy in an effort to create a nationwide electric vehicle charging infrastructure that sells EV service like a cell phone subscription.
And then there’s the various protests occurring on a daily basis at the Bella Center, mostly calling for support for developing nations. We’ll bring more details later in the week about the latest from COP15.
All photos by Katie Fehrenbacher
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