Interesting take on the UN Climate Change Conference
in Copenhagen from the Guardian
"The problem is getting anywhere near the truth. Most countries do their diplomacy in private and do not want anyone—let alone the press—to know what goes on in the negotiations. Beyond that, the talks are so technical that few can understand them even if they are explained. Moreover, meetings are closed, all decisions are dependent on others and are made in secret, the UN secretariat is opaque, the diplomats and negotiators are unaccountable and speak in code, and because of the insane complexity of the negotiations, there is probably only a handful of people who actually understand what is happening at any moment. The drama at the very end when world leaders start their horse-trading will be genuinely dramatic, but no one will actually see it take place."
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