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An interview with climatologist Stephen Schneider

On Monday we reported the death of Stanford climatologist Stephen Schneider. In his memory, I thought I’d re-post this video interview, shot at last year’s climate change meeting in Copenhagen. In the interview, Schneider tells Nature’s Olive Heffernan about his recent book ‘Science as a Contact Sport’ and explains why in his view, keeping global warming below 2 degrees is unrealistic.  Read more

Copenhagen Fallout

Copenhagen is over and the delegates are slowly filtering home. Here are some of the best post-conference quotes.

See also: Copenhagen accord emerges – climate agreement is seen as a small, but necessary, step forward.

“Never again should we face the deadlock that threatened to pull down these talks. Never again should we let a global deal to move towards a greener future be held to ransom by only a handful of countries.”

Gordon Brown, UK prime minister, comments on talks he believes were “at best flawed and at worst chaotic” (BBC).

“For the first time, we have an agreement that requires all of the world’s carbon emitters to actually deal with their carbon emissions and start the process of reducing them.”

Canada’s Environment Minister Jim Prentice talks to CTV about “a turning point in history”.

“It was a conference where the nations of the world, for a whole range of reasons, spent less time negotiating than they should have.”

Australia’s Climate Change Minister Penny Wong (The Australian).

Copenhagen: The final hours

As Nature’s Olive Heffernan awaited the final conclusion of the Copenhagen conference on climate change, author Tom Friedman, Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke and others gave us their take on the UN talks, and we finally got a glimpse of Barack Obama…

See also: Copenhagen accord emerges – climate agreement is seen as a small, but necessary, step forward.

Copenhagen: the final countdown

Copenhagen: the final countdown

It’s the final day of the Copenhagen summit, global leaders are on the podium … they think it’s all over. But is it? As the conference flails its way towards a conclusion, Friday afternoon rumours are flying that UN secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon asked for a general lock-in, requesting that leaders stay overnight (The Guardian); Reuters say the UN deny this story.

Video: A climatologist’s take on Copenhagen

We’re half way through the second week of talks in Copenhagen where 193 nations are trying to agree a global deal to avoid catastrophic climate change. Nature’s Olive Heffernan caught up with renowned climatologist Stephen Schneider, who says that staying well below 2 degrees of warming is unrealistic.

Copenhagen in quotes

Copenhagen in quotes

road to copenhagen.jpgParties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) are now meeting in Copenhagen to wrangle over the details of a new global climate deal — a potential successor to the Kyoto Protocol. See Nature’s Road to Copenhagen special and the Climate Feedback blog for more coverage.

Video: Chaos in Copenhagen

Nature editor Olive Heffernan reports on the organizational disaster that has left hundreds of registered delegates excluded from the UN negotiations on climate change. As talks on a climate deal heated up at the Bella Centre in Copenhagen, capacity problems left many stranded for hours outside in the cold as they awaited a decision from UN Officials.

Copenhagen in quotes

Copenhagen in quotes

road to copenhagen.jpgParties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) are now meeting in Copenhagen to wrangle over the details of a new global climate deal — a potential successor to the Kyoto Protocol. See Nature’s Road to Copenhagen special and the Climate Feedback blog for more coverage.

“We have – over the last week or so – seen progress in a number of areas, but we haven’t seen enough of it. There is still an enormous amount of work and ground to be covered if this conference is to deliver what people expect it to deliver.”

The UN’s Yvo de Boer says things aren’t moving fast enough (BBC).

“It’s just like schoolchildren. If they have a very long deadline to deliver an exercise they will wait for the last moment.”

Connie Hedegaard, the Danish conference chair, comments on the slow progress (Times).

“We believe all people will benefit from an equitable climate deal that truly energizes the world economy.”

A quote apparently from Canadian Environment Minister Jim Prentice about his country’s plan to reduce emissions by 40% from 1990 levels by 2020. It was actually part of a hoax perpetrated by the Yes Men group (Yes Men, Globe and Mail).

“More time should be dedicated to playing a constructive role instead of childish pranks.”

Dimitri Soudas, a spokesman for the Canadian Prime Minister’s Office, responds after a number of newspapers are taken in by the hoax (CBC).

“The world’s governments alone cannot make the progress that is needed on global climate change. They need the cities, the states, the provinces, the regions. They need the corporations, the activists, the scientists, the universities.”

California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger says it will not just be governments that solve climate change (AP).

Under 10,000 – 20/1

10,000 – 15,000 – 8/1

15,001 – 20,000 – 13/8

20,001 – 25,000 – 7/4

25,001 – 30,000 – 9/4

Over 30,000 – 4/1

- Bookies Paddy Power offer odds on polar bear numbers in 2011 (via the Guardian).

Copenhagen round up

Copenhagen round up

After last week’s bickering, things haven’t improved much at the Copenhagen climate conference.

Reports from this morning suggest that the G77 group of nations have stormed out in a huff over differences regarding the future – or lack of it – of the Kyoto Protocol (AAP). The main sessions have apparently been suspended after African nations led the walk out (Reuters).