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UN Climate Change Conference 2009

Chinese premier's 60 hours in Copenhagen

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao left Beijing for the climate summit in Copenhagen, Denmark on Dec. 16, when pessimism and disappointment were simmering among negotiators, who, after about 10 days' bargaining, found a bridge to span their rift seemed a mission impossible. Full story

Introduction

About the summit

The 15th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15) will take place at Bella Center in Copenhagen from the 7th to the 18th of December, 2009.

POLL

Do you think a deal to avert catastrophic climate change is achievable in Copenhagen?
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Backgrounder

Norwegian researcher: Criticizing China over Copenhagen meeting unfair

2009-12-23 13:32:06 GMT Xinhua English OSLO, Dec. 23 (Xinhua) -- It was unfair to accuse China of "hijacking" the negotiating process at the Copenhagen climate change conference, says the director of Norway's Climate Research Center.

China not to blame on climate: FM

2009-12-23 01:00:02 GMT China Daily China yesterday hit back at British accusations that Beijing had "hijacked" the Copenhagen climate change talks, as experts said rich countries are trying to find scapegoats for not reaching a binding agreement.

Brazil's Lula blasts U.S. performance at Copenhagen conference

2009-12-22 01:46:21 GMT Xinhua English RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec. 21 (Xinhua) -- Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Monday criticized Washington's weak performance at the UN climate change conference in Copenhagen.

China refutes British official's "hijack" attack over Copenhagen talks

2009-12-21 19:40:14 GMT Xinhua English BEIJING, Dec. 22 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu early Tuesday morning refuted a British official who said China "hijacked" the climate negotiations in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Endeavors to build global hope: Chinese premier's 60 hours in Copenhagen

2009-12-24 20:20:31 GMT Xinhua English Editor's note: Xinhua correspondents Zhao Cheng and Tian Fan, who accompanied and covered Premier Wen Jiabao's tour to the Copenhagen climate talks last week, recall in this following special report what they witnessed at the summit in the Danish capital. With close-in observations of Premier Wen's tight schedule and meetings with world leaders, their account is expected to shed light on some queries concerning the conference.

China played 'constructive' role, Wen says

2009-12-21 23:43:02 GMT China Daily China played an "important and constructive" role in sealing the last-minute Copenhagen Accord, Premier Wen Jiabao said yesterday, even as he urged the international community to treasure the summit's hard-won outcome.

Developing nations' diplomats hail China's efforts in Copenhagen talks

2009-12-21 16:38:02 GMT Xinhua English BEIJING, Dec. 21 (Xinhua) -- Diplomats from developing countries on Sunday hailed China's efforts in tackling climate change and pushing the Copenhagen climate talks to bear fruit.

China seeks to clear up summit deal

2009-12-21 00:57:17 GMT China Daily China lauded the Copenhagen Accord, hailing it an agreement based on arduous negotiation and the "sufficient, transparent and smooth" communication with other countries.

Brazil to continue efforts on combating global warming: environment minister

2009-12-22 01:53:47 GMT Xinhua English RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec. 21 (Xinhua) -- Brazil's Environment Minister Carlos Minc said on Monday that his country will keep on working to minimize the effects of global warming and demanding more aggressive stances of rich countries on the issue.

China's role in Copenhagen talks "important and constructive": Premier

2009-12-21 10:38:44 GMT Xinhua English BEIJING, Dec. 21 (Xinhua ) -- Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said Monday the country played an important and constructive role in pushing the Copenhagen climate talks to yield the current results.

China says communication with other developing countries at Copenhagen summit "sufficient"

2009-12-20 13:40:52 GMT Xinhua English BEIJING, Dec. 20 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said here Sunday that China's communication with other developing countries at the Copenhagen climate summit was sufficient, transparent and smooth.

Egypt says Copenhagen conference lost opportunity for harnessing climate change

2009-12-20 11:49:59 GMT Xinhua English CAIRO, Dec. 20 (Xinhua) -- Copenhagen conference was a lost opportunity for the world countries to reach an accepted formula for fully implementing the United Nations Accord on Climate Change, said Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit on Sunday.

Earth Hour Copenhagen held to raise awareness of climate change

2009-12-17 09:37:02 GMT Xinhua English The Earth Hour Copenhagen event calls for households and businesses in the city to turn off their non-essential lights and other electrical appliances for one hour, aiming to raise awareness of the need to take action on climate change.

Protestors: change politics, not climate

2009-12-17 03:10:07 GMT SINA.com Protestors hold signs as they march towards the Bella Center, where the UN Climate Change 2009 Conference is taking place, during a demonstration in Copenhagen December 16, 2009.

Police thwart march toward Copenhagen summit venue

2009-12-16 10:48:21 GMT Xinhua English COPENHAGEN, Dec. 16 (Xinhua) -- Police thwarted an attempt on Wednesday by climate activists to beak into the venue of the UN climate change conference in Copenhagen where negotiators were trying to work out a deal on global warming.

Australian Greenpeace activists climb Opera House for climate protest

2009-12-15 00:59:07 GMT Xinhua English CANBERRA, Dec. 15 (Xinhua) -- A group of Australian Greenpeace activists climbed Sydney Opera House and unfurled a protest banner on the top calling for action by world leaders at the Copenhagen climate summit, local media reported Tuesday.

Copenhagen bickering continues

2009-12-22 00:46:04 GMT Global Times Wrangling between developed and developing countries over the disputed "Copenhagen Accord" continued Monday, despite the frantic two-week UN climate talks having ended over the weekend.

Crowds, security still issues at climate summit

2009-12-18 05:47:30 GMT China Daily COPENHAGEN: A dozen young representatives from youth nongovernmental organizations (NGOS) were ready to stay the night Wednesday in the main hall at the Bella Center, site of the United Nations climate change conference.

Outcome unclear as leaders arrive at climate talks

2009-12-16 02:08:18 GMT SINA.com COPENHAGEN – The success of the U.N. climate conference hung in the balance Tuesday as China and the U.S. deadlocked over whether Beijing will allow the world to check its books and verify promised cuts in greenhouse gas emissions.

Obama's climate policy insufficient with hurdles from Congress

2009-12-14 12:15:28 GMT Xinhua English WASHINGTON, Dec. 13 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama will attend the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen later this week. However, despite his administration's efforts to readjust U.S. policy on the issue, what Obama has promised to do fell far short of the expectation of the international community.

Climate change causes 24% reduction in Andean glacier surface

2009-12-22 01:18:42 GMT Xinhua English LA PAZ, Dec. 21 (Xinhua) -- The surface of the glaciers at the Real Mountain Range in the Andes has been reduced by 24 percent, about 84 square km, from 1987 to 2004 due to climate change, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) reported Monday.

Pacific islanders fear rising sea levels

2009-12-21 05:29:38 GMT Xinhua English SUVA, Dec. 21 (Xinhua) -- People living in coastal areas in the Pacific island countries including Tuvalu and Fiji are indeed worried that one day their homes may be washed away as a result of climate changes but at the moment they are reluctant to move as their dwellings have sentimental meaning to them.

A drop of tear from melting glacier

2009-12-17 09:43:32 GMT SINA.com Scientists warn that glaciers in the Andes are melting because of the effects of climate change. According to studies, these accumulations of ice are thawing at a pace so fast that they could disappear in 25 years.

Climate change impact in Indonesia among the worst in the world: study

2009-12-10 10:45:38 GMT xinhuanet JAKARTA, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) -- Indonesia, the world's fourth most populous country, is ranked 25th in terms of the amount of devastation caused by extreme weather events, the Jakarta Post quoted a study as saying on Thursday.