Twitter Updates for 2009-12-14

  • #cop15 Talk of G77 & China walking out of negotiations. Aus & others suspend negotiating target numbers for 7 hrs to regroup & gather info. #
  • Secretary Chu announcing 2010 Clean energy ministerial in DC. #cop15 #umcop15 #
  • Protestors in blue raincoats, youth groups of the world stage protests are Bella Center #
  • UN President implores NGOs not to let up the pressure #
  • UN President: There will be two tracks at Copenhagen. This will not change. #
  • The time is now, says UNFCCC President, we are being delayed by procedural hold-ups. #
  • “I’m not a pessimist or optimist, I’m a realist, but I think we have achieved quite a bit by making the pressure this big…” #
  • “I don’t think that EPA is saying that we was irrationally regulate you, so run to Congress” – Bill Tindall, CEO of Duke Energy #
  • Steven Chu announces million dollar fund to support implementation of clean technology and renewables in emerging markets #
  • New CBD doc: “..by 2050, ocean acidity could increase by 150%..100 times faster than any change..over the last 20 million years…” #
  • “Washington State has lost 20% of it’s snow pack ..current predictions show that we will loose 20% of our hydropower” Governor of Washington #
  • “I’m there to show them that the opposite is true” Washington St Govnr in response to climate skeptics who say we are going to loose jobs. #
  • “I’ve had to declare more natural disasters in Washington in the last three years than the entire history of the state” – Governor Gregoire #
  • There’s a fight between some developing and developed countries over freely traded credits or if mostly in-country reductions. #cop15 #
  • Aubrey quoted by Climate Action Network (US CAN): http://bit.ly/8iE0vF #
  • Aubrey’s Detroit Free Press Blog: “Mass Media & “Violent” Protest”: http://bit.ly/6582ah #

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Twitter Updates for 2009-12-12

  • Indian head of delegation says that there are two things we will not compromise on – “a peaking year” and “inequity in bearing the burden” #
  • #UMCOP15 -> Daily updates on status of negotiations can be found here:http://blogs.climatenetwork.org/ #
  • #UMCOP15 First draft on climate deal out -> http://en.cop15.dk/news/view+news?newsid=2938 #
  • #UMCOP15 – Amrita: just had lunch with swiss delegate. #
  • Interesting suggestion: $5-10 tax on all international airfares, anywhere, to fund developing country climate adaptation. #

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Twitter Updates for 2009-12-11

  • #COP15 2009 Investor Statement on the Urgent Need for Global agreement on Climate Change – 191 Financial Institutions indicate support. #
  • #COP15 #UMCOP15 Korean party member frustrated with the ideological and political agendas that taint debates on financing for climate change #
  • #cop15 Today we walked to the entrance of the Bella Center. Over our heads, red lights marking the water level if the Greenland ice melts. #
  • #UMCOP15: Developing countries ahead of developed countries in emissions targets ->http://blogs.climatenetwork.org/?p=488#more-488 #
  • Just listened to talk by Naomi Klein about Climate debt and equity…there were others there too but I don’t remember their names #
  • Listened to discussion by Naomi Klein about climate debt. #cop15 #cop #author #copenhagen #
  • Delegates circulate drafts and take a break for rest of day – Good or bad? don’t know! #

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Welcome to Bike Town, E.U.

I had heard from friends who studied abroad in Copenhagen that traveling by bike is “the only way to see the city,” but I was totally unprepared for the number of bikes that they have here.  The bike lanes are serious—clearly marked, and if a pedestrian dares to step out when the crosswalk is flashing red, there is no stopping on the bike’s part.  And the flow of traffic by the bikes is continuous: I would guesstimate that there is about one bike for every two cars on the road, or maybe in all actuality the percentage is even higher and I just don’t realize it because bikes are so much smaller than cars and take up less room on the road.  Whatever the case, it is amazing that in such a cold, dreary climate there are so many people willing—and somehow appear to actually enjoy—to ride around in the cold, adorned in mittens, scarves and hats, with any sort of belongings or groceries stowed away in the wicker baskets attached to the front.

What might be even more amazing to me is that virtually no one locks their bike here: I would say the rate of bikes with locks is probably less than 20 percent.  Which makes economical sense, to some extent—if everyone already has a bike, there is high supply and therefore very low demand, so not only the cost of new bikes from a store is low, but also those that are hocked on the black market.  Why steal a bike if you already have one yourself and you have no one to sell it to?

Read more about the how public transportation promotes green initiatives in Copenhagen at my blog for the Detroit Free Press!

Written by AUBREY PARKER.