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Are we still on course for a deal?

December 7th, 2009
03:05 PM ET

It is “an opportunity the world cannot afford to miss” said Danish Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen in his opening address to delegates at the U.N. climate summit in Copenhagen today.

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And in a recent statement, Lord Stern, author of the influential 2006 UK climate report, went further by calling the U.N. summit "the most important gathering since World War II."

The leaked emails from a UK climate research center has helped skeptics find a platform to make some noise in the build up to the talks. But there is a mountain of evidence to support the view that the world is getting warmer. Isn't there?

Are we meant to believe that thousands of scientists have been lying to us for over a quarter of a century? And what for exactly?

Are you hopeful that an agreement will be reached in Copenhagen? Or has "Climategate" dealt a hammer blow to the chances of an deal?

Send us your views

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  1. JT Wood

    As always, money and power are the motives. First it was "global warming" then it was called "climate change" now it's called " anthropogenic global warming"...which means man-made. The goal of these people is cap-and-trade. Many large firms such as JP Morgan have already spent millions setting up carbon trading operations. Climate Change is merely the bait...cap-and-trade is the hook.

    December 7, 2009 at 3:31 pm | Reply
  2. David T

    Whilst I don't think all results of Climate Change are caused by man made actions I do believe that us as humans are responsible for a vast majority of climate change problems.

    Case and Point: Beijing, China.
    This is a city that is choking under it's own emissions, the 2008 Summer Games gave the world a startling look at a City that is already feeling the results of Carbon Emissions, that alone should be one specific reason as to why we need to reduce Carbon Emissions.

    Australia felt the results of Climate Change twice this year, In February the State of Victoria went the the state's worst heatwave on record and contributed to the devastating bushfires that killed 173 people and completely obliterated entire towns.
    And then in September there was the Red Dust storm that blanketed Sydney and Brisbane in a total of 5 million tonnes of topsoil that was kicked up as a result of a decade long drought in the Australian Outback.

    And these are just the effects that are general knowledge from first person perspective of thousands of people. And I for one would like to hear what the survivors of Marysville think about climate change.

    December 7, 2009 at 4:52 pm | Reply
  3. Jerry Martin Davis

    The answer is Polulation Control. New wars are not killing enough people nor diseases with new medicines. So Population Control. Can you imagine China without population control?. The rest will fall into place as it comes. Why are we having problems with water? Too many people. Why are we having problems with destruction of forests?. Too many people. Why are we killing all other species?. Too many people. Everybody wants a tv and a car and a refrigirator and there is not enough to go around, so less people will do. Capitalist and Religion will not like it but there is your solution, focusing on something else is futile... Good Luck... Like if I care...

    December 7, 2009 at 6:02 pm | Reply
  4. Ulrik Hvide

    Too many americans neglect global warming. It's a shame and it's a result of bad education and lack of critical perspective analysis. I agree that the media coverage of global warming is out of control and yet for once it's not about fear, death and destruction nor brought to us by giant corporations, but about a possibility and a responsibility to change the world we are living in. I sincerely hope that America wont be corrupted by it's outdated republican senators, but that the U.S will take the lead in Copenhagen and ensure the environment.

    Ulrik Hvide,
    a danish citizen

    December 7, 2009 at 6:58 pm | Reply
  5. M. Ramirez

    Althought the cause of global warming leading to climate change is not exactly clear, there is no doubt that we are witnessing a cycle run its course on a global climatic scale. Scientific evidence points towards the rising of sea levels and mass erosions of shore lines. What will follow and how to survive it will be the smoking gun everyone in the world will need to acknowledge that climate change is real. Let's Pray that humankind will be able to survive in a post-climate change world. I believe we will, God willing.

    December 7, 2009 at 7:31 pm | Reply
  6. Noah B

    Anyone who does not believe man made carbon has a real effect on the environment, look into the temperature readings taken after 9/11/2001 across the united states. All the jets were grounded leaving behind bluer skys and cooler temperatures.

    December 7, 2009 at 7:36 pm | Reply
  7. JWD

    Praying the talks are a success this December. Whether it's man-made or just a case of a naturally warming planet it still leaves us no choice but to cut carbon emissions. What's to lose? We'll all be a lot better off in the end, and the planet might be too. I trust scientists more than middle-ranking senators who answer the call of every energy lobbyist.

    December 7, 2009 at 8:04 pm | Reply
  8. scientist zubayer

    Hi, friends !!! what are you doing right now??? do you know whats impacts of climate change? Its a kiyamat...has come in the world... we are Bangladeshi, Bangladesh is widely recognized to be one of the most climate vulnerable countries in the world. More than 2 hours until COP15 begins.... please, speak loudly to stop climate change. Please, Please...

    December 7, 2009 at 8:32 pm | Reply
  9. Victor S

    Manipulation of data, rejoycing with other scientists illnesses/deaths, being worried that they can not explain the current cooling trend that has been going on for a Decade, inserting bogus data into programs to get the desired output... that's climategate, and the objective is cap 'n trade. The carbon business is worth BILLIONS if not TRILLIONS and the Big Players are all lined up laughing at the laughable environementalists who are now working for the "big money" team.

    People keep confusing polution with man-made global warming (wich is a MYTH) so they speak of "bluer skies" and "smog" and whatever they think is in the table. That's NOT on the table. Man POLUTES, it's a FACT! Man DOES NOT provoque warming or cooling on the planet, ANOTHER FACT! But they're two completely different things and I just can't believe that people still confuse them.

    NOBODY is going to help the earth with this, nobody is going to clean the waste they throw around... they're going to get RICH, PERIOD!

    December 7, 2009 at 9:31 pm | Reply
  10. Susan

    There is one major thing needed to really get the ball rolling on global warming, regardless of whether it is natural or man-made, and that is world human population control with decreases in growth. But that is impossible to do and to prove that point it isn't even anything anyone is talking about or wants to talk about. We think we can control carbon emissions and the like while expanding and growing our populations unchecked in so many parts of the world–we are _dead_ wrong. Just wait until the Greenland icecap melts then let nature fix our population!

    December 7, 2009 at 10:29 pm | Reply
  11. Mr. Nick S.

    Hello Miss Anderson,

    i believe the world needs an actionplan if the world wants to be saved. The times of talking and no actions are long gone. If the world is serious about everybodies future the world needs to act NOW.

    Now its time to bring renewable energie to the worlds rising markets so that no one has to die in the darn coal mines. This way the rising markets can flourisch and save the environment at the same time.

    This way everybody (Poor and rich) can do their bit to save this planet from extinction so that everybody can enjoy the facts of life around the Globe as it was intended.

    mr. nick (NL) (=Country)

    December 7, 2009 at 10:40 pm | Reply
  12. A. Smith, Oregon

    Obviously with the entire Republican party swept aside to the waste pickup curb, there is a good chance for some agreement and changes in how the world comes to grips with Big Oil pollution and Coal Plants that spew millions of tons of toxic gases, acid rain and hazardous waste into the air which America's children breath everyday.

    With the Big Oil lapdogs in office, there was simply no chance of successful environmental laws and supports with Bush jr and Dick Cheney Big Oil puppets in the White House and Republican Party lawmakers as a majority in the House and Senate.

    How many thousands of more children in America and around the world will die from respiratory failure due to breathing the fumes of acid rain and toxic gases released by Big Oil and Coal Plants?

    December 8, 2009 at 12:20 am | Reply
  13. Yandy Djakaria

    I hope there will be a win-win solution achieved in the climate conference at Copenhagen. I think that people have to be more mature to see the problems happening now such as global warming. We, as human being who live in Earth, should really be aware that if we don't take any real action to save our earth from mass destruction, then soon our beloved mother earth will be vanished and no more left for our next generation.

    December 8, 2009 at 7:38 am | Reply
  14. Karson

    I really don't hope there will be good solutions from that event. All people in the world do what it is good for them. Do you think China wants to reduce its production to decrease pollution around the world? and USA
    want too? The pollution problem must be solved on our own and not by leaders.

    December 10, 2009 at 9:26 pm | Reply

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