Crunch time in Copenhagen

This week’s climate change conference in the Danish capital has the potential to influence global leaders like no summit before – yet it is clear that, above all else, money will still be the driving factor

5th December, 2009

The great migration of heads of government, ministers, officials, lobbyists, activists, royalty and pop stars begins in earnest this week, as the Copenhagen conference on climate change begins.

If you think polar bears are rare, try getting a hotel room in the Danish capital in the next fortnight. An estimated 16,000 people will travel to Copenhagen, generating - to the delight of climate change sceptics - an estimated 41,000 tonnes of carbon emissions in the process.

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