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Live from COP15: Optimism, Hard Work and Bridging the Divide

Posted By Katie Fehrenbacher On December 10, 2009 @ 2:02 pm In Architecture,global development,News,Policy | 1 Comment

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COPENHAGEN, A report from Earth2Tech [1] — Four days deep into the Copenhagen climate negotiations a few things are clear: the glowing optimism [2] of the opening ceremonies on Monday [3] has faded, and now the reality of the hard work that is needed to bridge the gaping divide [4] 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.”

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Beyond the politics, and negotiations, the city of Copenhagen is filled with parties, art installations, side green events [5] (and climate skeptic events) as well as green-related companies showing off their various wares. Better Place [6] is giving test drives of its first vehicle [7] in partnership with Renault and due out in 2011. Better Place has partnered with Danish utility Dong Energy [8] 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 [9] 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.

+ COP15 [10]

All photos by Katie Fehrenbacher [11]

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URLs in this post:

[1] Earth2Tech: http://earth2tech.com/

[2] glowing optimism: http://earth2tech.com/2009/12/06/notes-from-copenhagen-a-bit-of-warmth-amidst-the-cold/

[3] opening ceremonies on Monday: http://earth2tech.com/2009/12/07/live-copenhagen-opening-ceremony-kicks-off/

[4] bridge the gaping divide: http://earth2tech.com/2009/12/09/notes-from-copenhagen-a-looming-divide/

[5] side green events: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/12/04/inhabitats-event-picks-for-the-cop15-climate-conference/

[6] Better Place: http://www.betterplace.com/

[7] test drives of its first vehicle: http://earth2tech.com/2009/12/09/photosvideo-better-places-danish-strategy/

[8] Dong Energy: http://www.dongenergy.com/en/Pages/index.aspx

[9] protests: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/12/09/fun-games-and-stunts-at-cop-15/

[10] + COP15: http://cop15.dk/

[11] Katie Fehrenbacher: http://gigaom.com/author/katiefehren/

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