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Copenhagen — Day 2

December 9, 2009

Those interested in following the U.S. happenings in Copenhagen can go to the State Department website.   The State Department is in charge of climate change negotiations and has created a website to chronicle all of the  programs and activities taking place at the U.S. exhibit at the meeting.

For example, Wednesday’s program will include NASA’s Extreme Ice Survey from 1-2 p.m.

Through the arresting visual evidence of the Extreme Ice Survey, Director James Balog will unveil rapidly changing landscapes in Alaska, Greenland, and Iceland that only a handful of intrepid adventurers have ever seen in person. His presentations are colored by his experiences shooting for some of the world’s most recognized publications, as well as his personal work on pioneering wildlife and nature photography projects. The time-lapse photography work of James and his team was featured in a NOVA/PBS documentary on March, 24, 2009. The result is a gripping program that stimulates the artistic sensibilities, spurs the exploratory yearnings and touches our sense of humanity.

National Public Radio reported Tuesday on what an international climate change agreement might look like.   It would involve agreed upon emissions reductions and billions of dollars in public and private support for developing nations to adapt to a low-carbon economy.   One of the most controversial provisions–as we learned on the Managers to Washington trip in our State Department briefing on climate change negotiations — is verification.

How will we know who’s living up to their promises?

Edited news highlights from Day 2 can be found on YouTube.

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