(Editor’s Note: This file presents news and information from the Copenhagen climate change conference on Dec. 8, distilled from news outlet reports. Check for updates during the day.)
: Poorer countries are outraged and threatening a walkout from the conference because of a draft climate agreement that apparently favors the interests of the United States.
: Here’s an angry, if novel, request from the Bolivian president — industrialized nations should pay "reparations" for the unprecedented flooding his country is experiencing. He links the flooding to global warming and blames the rich countries for the greenhouse gas emissions that caused it. Today, at the conference, Bolivia called for those countries to set a carbon emissions cap of less than 350 ppm.
The New York Times put together this easy-glimpse look at what the major and poorer countries of the world promise—and want—at the conference. The Times also released a new scientific analysis, confirming that global warming is not slowing down. <Update>: Indeed, says The Washington Post, we are on track to have the warmest decade on record.
"Hopenhagen" is a coined term for a planet-wide eco-petition, but it’s fast become a description for the positive mood sweeping the city of Copenhagen, and it’s been picked up as an angle for various news treatments: "What Is Hope?", and The Los Angeles Times.
Lots of buzz came out of the Obama administration’s announcement yesterday that greenhouse gases present a threat to the public health and therefore can be regulated. Here’s one reflection by the Huffington Post.