It is a beautiful day in Copenhagen – the skies are clear and blue, and the sun is shining, and the streets are full of protestors. The delegates of more than 190 countries attending the United Nations climate summit will see neither the sky nor the activists. In their air-conditioned conference centre, they are scurrying around shepherding newly arrived ministers into meeting after meeting, and frantically consulting one another on the status of the negotiations.
The first week of the summit is over. Saturday and Sunday are both normal working days for the conference, as countries seek to bridge their differences in the final days. Next week, ministers negotiate in earnest and on Thursday the leaders arrive, hoping to sign a deal.