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  • Evo-morales-cop15
    Bolivian President Evo Morales recently arrived in Copenhagen for the UN climate summit. In a press conference Wednesday, Morales said, "The budget of the United States is $687 billion for defense. And for climate change, to save life, to save humanity, they only put up $10 billion. This is shameful." [includes rush transcript]
    December 16, 2009 | Story
  • Climate-crime-scene-dn
    Negotiations are back on track at the UN climate summit after a walkout yesterday by developing countries highlighted the growing divide between rich and poor nations. African delegates led the walkout, accusing the UN chair of the conference of trying to "kill" the Kyoto Protocol. Meanwhile, outside the Bella Center, Danish police are intensifying their crackdown on climate justice activists. We speak with Bill McKibben, founder of...
    December 15, 2009 | Story
  • Oil-sands-web
    Canada is the largest supplier of oil to the United States, and most of it comes from the Alberta tar sands. Described as the world’s biggest single industrial source of carbon emissions, the tar sands have drawn widespread protest and civil disobedience from environmentalists. On Tuesday, as climate delegates met across town at the Bella Center, a protest led by indigenous peoples of Canada was held outside the Canadian embassy. ...
    December 15, 2009 | Story
  • Copmarch-dn
    On Saturday, 100,000 people marched in Copenhagen from the Danish Parliament to just outside the Bella Center, the site of the UN climate change conference. Over 3,000 solidarity events were held around the world. Jacquie Soohen of Big Noise Films filed this report. [includes rush transcript]
    December 14, 2009 | Story
  • Ak-dn
    We speak with singer-songwriter Angelique Kidjo of the African nation of Benin. Kidjo has been in Copenhagen for the past week in her role as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. We interview her moments after she spoke before thousands of demonstrators in front of the Danish Parliament. [includes rush transcript]
    December 14, 2009 | Story
  • Navarro-democracynow
    One of the countries leading the call for just climate reparations here at the COP15 talks is Bolivia. We speak with Bolivia’s chief climate negotiator, Angelica Navarro. "Twenty percent of the population have actually emitted more than two-thirds of the emissions. And as a result, they have caused more than 90 percent of the increase in temperatures," Navarro says. "We are not begging for aid; we want developed countries...
    December 09, 2009 | Story
  • Paraguay-dn
    We speak with Miguel Lovera, the chief negotiator for Paraguay, who has played a key role in negotiations over the world’s rainforests that many expect will be one of the few deals to be actually finalized at the climate summit here in Copenhagen. It’s called REDD, or Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation, and a final text is expected as early as this weekend. [includes rush transcript]
    December 09, 2009 | Story
  • Khorkleindn
    The secret draft climate agreement leaked to The Guardian newspaper yesterday sets unequal limits on per capita carbon emissions for developed and developing countries in 2050. This means that people in rich countries would be permitted to emit nearly twice as much as those in poor countries. The document also proposes a $10 billion a year fund to help developing nations cut emissions and tackle the effects of climate change. But the fund is...
    December 09, 2009 | Story
  • Hunger-striker
    A group of international climate justice activists have entered Day 34 of a hunger strike. The strike began on November 6, the final day of the Barcelona climate talks. On Tuesday, Democracy Now! producer Mike Burke spoke with Anna Keenan, one of the hunger strikers here at the climate summit in Copenhagen. [includes rush transcript]
    December 09, 2009 | Story
  • Democracynow-mohamedaxammaumoon
    One the countries on the front lines of climate change is the Maldives. Eighty percent of the land lies three feet or less above the waves. The predicted sea level rise caused by global warming could wipe the country off the map. We speak with fifteen-year-old Maldives climate ambassador, Mohamed Axam Maumoon. On his message to the world, Maumoon says, "On the basis that you know what you are doing is wrong and you can see that the victim...
    December 08, 2009 | Story