First day impressions

The first day of the Copenhagen climate summit passed with fanfare, speeches, impassioned pleas for progress, and an awful lot of assertions from a lot of countries that they want a deal and are doing more to get a deal than anyone else.

Connie Hedegaard, Danish clinate minister and host of the talks, made a rousing speech to delegates, urging them: “Let’s get it done!”

Lars Lokke Rasmussen, the Danish prime minister, talked about how green the conference is – no bottled water, only tap, and no gifts of little mermaid statuettes for the delegates. The money was spent instead on scholarships for 11 students of the climate.

But Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the IPCC, addressed the big issue still casting a pall over these talks – the climategate emails. He mounted a fierce defence of the IPCC’s methods, transparency and integrity. Whether the sceptics were listening is another issue.

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