The Climate Race

Updates and on-the-scene reports from the United Nations Climate Change Conference

All sides of the Copenhagen conference

The Marketplace team was on top of the climate conference today.

Stephen Beard talked with Marketplace Morning Report host Bill Radke about how the participating nations are close to an agreement on deforestation. He also reported on the speech by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who highlighted the power of new ideas.

Also on today’s Morning Report host Steve Chiotakis talked with David Bresch of the Swiss Reinsurance Company about how insurance companies are getting ready for the impacts of climate change.

On the Marketplace PM show, sustainability reporter Sam Eaton talked with host Kai Ryssdal about why corporate leaders are in Copenhagen, and what the mood is like during the last days of the conference.

And Stephen Beard added yet another report on how the conference’s poorer delegates are finding it tough just coping in Copenhagen.

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Stefan Schreier | Respond
December 16, 2009 6:37 PM PT

As scientist and engineer I am fascinated by what people will believe. Everybody used to believe that the earth was flat. Everybody used to believe that the sun went around the earth. Today everybody seems to believe in “greenhouse gases”, “solar energy”, “wind power”, “biodiversity”, “endangered species”, “wildlife habitat”, etc. Everybody seems to be saying we need to find new ways to generate energy (and hence billions of dollars for “research”). Most people, including those who write for the media, seem to be parrots.Almost every story about “climate change” seems to mention “renewable energy sources” with a picture of solar cells and wind turbines. The English major “experts” from the World Wildlife Fund, Greenpeace, the Sierra Club, the Wilderness Society, etc. are all lecturing us on how to save the earth. Al Gore gets the Noble Prize. Mankind hasn’t really progressed that far from the days when people believed in witches and goblins. Oh well, it has a certain entertainment value. Good luck, folks.


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