What I'm reading…

The story of last week that continues to cast a cloud over the summit. No, not email-gate. I’m talking about ‘the world’s pre-eminent climate scientist’, James Hansen. In an interview with the Guardian, Hansen said that any agreement likely to emerge from Copenhagen would be flawed.

I would rather it not happen if people accept that as being the right track because it’s a disaster track…The whole approach is so fundamentally wrong that it is better to reassess the situation. If it is going to be the Kyoto-type thing then [people] will spend years trying to determine exactly what that means…This is analagous to the issue of slavery faced by Abraham Lincoln or the issue of Nazism faced by Winston Churchill….On those kind of issues you cannot compromise. You can’t say let’s reduce slavery, let’s find a compromise and reduce it 50% or reduce it 40%.

I’m also interested by what Rajendra Pachauri, chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), is saying about ‘grass-roots’ climate activism. See here to find out.

Oh, I’m also navigating my way around the Hopenhagen website. It’s hosting different blogs for the duration of the summit.


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