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Copenhagen climate summit

December 2009

Copenhagen in the news - an overview of useful websites, links & resources looking at the climate change and the conference

What is the Copenhagen climate summit?

The UN summit, COP15, currently taking place, is officially titled the 15th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

It is the largest environmental meeting in history as delegations from 192 countries gather in Copenhagen for two weeks between the 7 and 18 December 2009, with the aim of paving the way for a new global treaty on climate change.

The conference is widely recognised as being one of the last chances for international governments to achieve an agreement on lowering carbon emissions before the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol expires in 2012.
The purpose of this is to avoid reaching dangerous levels in global warming, which many scientists believe will occur if there is any rise over 2°C in current global temperatures. These scientists believe it is the emission of greenhouse gases which are to blame for causing climate change, so a global agreement in the reduction of carbon emissions is seen as paramount to the success of the conference.

The following links and websites will help to explain what is going on and why, and provide daily updates from the conference.

  • BBC Copenhagen Summit 2009 Guide - containing links to news articles, features and analysis; video reports; blogs with daily updates on COP15and much more
  • Guardian guide to Copenhagen - with links to the latest news; interactives; audio reports; images; analysis and blogs
  • An interactive guide to the Copenhagen climate change summit explaining who the people involved are and what are the numbers that will be crunched at the conference – an excellent sources of facts and figures
  • An animated journey through the Earth's climate history - An excellent animated graphic accompanied by an audio explanation of the earth’s climate history over the last 800,000 years. The guide explains the increasing CO2 emissions alongside increasing temperatures, including key human activities



  • BBC
  • Guardian - the Guardian has produced a no nonsense guide looking at the Issues the summit is dealing with
  • Telegraph - Copenhagen climate summit: the thinking person's guide - The Telegraph has produced a useful Q&A guide


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