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UN says Copenhagen deal ‘a start’

from BBC News | Europe | World Edition
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says a US-backed climate deal is a good beginning, but critics dismiss it as a failure.

Activist-Journalists Bring Citizen, Pro Media Together at COP15

from MediaShift

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK — This past Saturday, on a crisp afternoon in Copenhagen, Jacob Wheeler and Rick Fuentes, two amateur journalists with the non-profit media start-up the UpTake, walked alongside a mostly peacefully stream of demonstrators. Roughly half of the total police force in Denmark followed in step. Conspicuous among the crowd were the hundreds of ad hoc reporters with serious-looking digital SLRs slung around their necks.

The Copenhagen Failure shows: There is no effective Global Politics!

from Social Europe Journal by Henning Meyer

4178695384_81ddf77672In the early hours of this morning the news of the failure of the Copenhagen summit on climate change hit the news wires. I won?t repeat the individual disappointments as the papers will be full of it today. But I would like to comment on the political implications of this disaster. It shows that there is no effective global politics, only global problems.

Copenhagen & the incapable European Union

by Julien Frisch

I wake up this morning and I see that yesterday’s minimal compromise in Copenhagen finished just close to a failure, in line with the failures of the European Union.

Climate deal disappoints EU

from European Voice – RSS – News & analysis
Copenhagen summit ends without a legally binding document, and pledges on emissions reductions fall short of EU hopes.

EU looks beyond ‘weak’ Copenhagen climate deal

from EurActiv.com
After two weeks of extenuating talks, world leaders delivered an agreement in Copenhagen that left Europeans disappointed as it failed to commit rich and poor countries to any greenhouse gas emissions reductions. EurActiv reports from the Danish capital.

The EU in 2010

from Open Europe blog by Open Europe blog team

As 2009 draws to a close, Open Europe today looks ahead to 2010 and what the EU has in store.
From 1 January 2010, Spain takes over the six-month rotating ‘presidency’, currently held by Sweden.

Gazprom?s uncertain outlook

from Centre for European Reform by Centre for European Reform

by Katinka Barysch

Many people in the EU tend to see Gazprom as a mighty giant that uses energy as a political tool on behalf of the Kremlin. They say that Russia has leverage because it controls 40 per cent of the EU?s gas imports. They fear that Gazprom may again cut gas flows to Ukraine this winter. They should think again. Realities on the international gas market have changed. Gazprom faces almost unprecedented uncertainty. It should therefore be keener on stable energy relations and co-operative customers. There may be an opening for a revived EU-Russia energy dialogue.

Uncertainty over Copenhagen deal

from BBC News | Europe | World Edition
Leaders gather for the final day of the UN climate summit, amid uncertainty over the shape of any eventual deal.

Obama in Oslo

from Federal Union by Richard Laming

The award of the Nobel Peace Prize to Barack Obama was widely dismissed as premature, a sentiment that President Obama himself acknowledged in his acceptance speech. (Read the speech here.) Furthermore, President Obama also felt it necessary to explain why he could accept the award even while he was the commander in chief of the armed forces in an escalating war in Afghanistan.

EU slaps Microsoft, again

from cafebabel.com by Dave Keating

If you buy a new PC in Europe next year, you?re going to see an unfamiliar little pop-up window the first time you boot up, asking you which internet browser you would like to set as the default. Believe it or not, that pop-up is the result of a bitter ten-year legal battle that was finally resolved this week.

Jose Manuel Barroso: Europe?s Rising Global Role

from Project Syndicate
BRUSSELS ? Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War, the contours of world order are still in the making. But two ?mega trends? seem clear: the broadest and deepest wave of globalisation the world has ever seen, and the rise of new world players from Asia and elsewhere. We also hear ever-louder calls for more effective global coordination in meeting the great challenges of our times. As the Lisbon Treaty comes into force, The European Union (EU) is, I believe, uniquely suited to take on its leadership responsibilities.

Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC)

by Grahnlaw

Pan-European telecoms markets take one step towards more consistent regulation at EU level, by the establishment of a Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC), replacing the European Regulators Group (ERG) during the spring of 2010.

Spain vows to take backstage role as EU President

from EurActiv.com
Spain vowed to take a backstage role during its stint as holder of the six-month rotating EU Presidency, saying the frontmen will be Herman Van Rompuy, the EU’s first permanent President, and Catherine Ashton, the new High Representative for foreign affairs.

Learn from Copenhagen’s failure,

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Tony Curzon Price
Author:
Simon Zadek
Summary:
The way the global commons is run must be turned upside-down. (From <a href=”http://zadek.wordpress.com”>zadek.wordpress.com</a>)

Tomorrow?s history is rarely created by extraordinary moments, it is merely punctuated by them.

Copenhagen will be seen as a failure of vision, leadership, and compassion. The Copenhagen Accord, ?noted? in extra time at COP15, will be stuck with the Sudanese?s naming as a ?suicide pact?. And President?s Obama, Hu and many others, however they speak to their domestic constituencies, will have been party to this failed attempt to strike an ambitious deal.

Copenhagen climate conference ends with “meaningful agreement”

from Wikinews

Obama’s hard sell on climate change

from Mark Mardell | The Reporters by Mark Mardell (the Reporters)

Wichita, Kansas

Kansas is notoriously flat, the monotony of its endless fields broken only by buildings, cows and dark, nodding machines, almost like a scale model of some child’s toy.

Video: Impressions from the Climate Change Conference

from Global Voices Online by Juliana Rincón Parra
Danish Climate Exhibit by UN Climate ChangeImage by UN Climate Change http://www.flickr.com/photos/45289935@N08

We bring you some video impressions from people at the Climate Change Conference that took place during the first weeks of December in Copenhagen, Denmark.  From protests, to dances, arts and presentations, a small sample of COP15.

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