Reporting from the ground in Copenhagen

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By Anath Hartmann 

Now in its second week, the Copenhagen climate conference has drawn dozens of NGOs whose staffers are doing up-to-the-minute, on-the-ground blogging and reporting.

There’s ample reading, on the heels of the “Climategate” scandal. to be had from both sides of the global-warming opinion spectrum. Here are a few sites to follow.: 

The Los Angeles-based Reason Foundation, which promotes “free minds and free markets,” has its science correspondent, Ron Bailey, in Copenhagen for the conference’s second week. A highlight from his first dispatch, on Monday:

“[M]any …  developing nations are pushing to have the limit 350 ppm carbon dioxide included as an official goal for an eventual legally binding global treaty. There is one particularly interesting wrinkle in this goal: It aims to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide to levels below what is already in the atmosphere.”

Greenpeace is posting staffer-shot videos to YouTube. On Monday its Web site boasted a clip showing demonstrators elaborately made up as the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse getting ready for a march through Copenhagen’s Parliament Square. 

“Famine, Pestilence, War, and Death are especially good harbingers of the future we will face should we fail to keep global temperature rise below 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit,” wrote the author of the blog. 

Berkeley, Calif.-based Center for Investigative Reporting correspondent Mark Schapiro is blogging from Copenhagen daily. Readers are being encouraged to send their questions to Schapiro via Webcam. 

The Copenhagen Consensus Center’s self-labeled “skeptical environmentalist” Bjorn Lomborg is posting regular updates to his center’s page. A highlight from Tuesday: “For all the good will and great intentions that fill the Bella Center, it’s becoming clear that COP15 is not going to produce a comprehensive agreement to limit emissions of greenhouse gases.” 

The Sierra Club has a blog dedicated to the meetings, complete with regular YouTube videos.


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Kerry Picket

Kerry Picket

Kerry Picket, a former Opinion Blogger/Editor of The Watercooler, was associate producer for the Media Research Center, a content producer for Robin Quivers of "The Howard Stern Show" on Sirius satellite radio and a production assistant and copy writer at MTV.

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