COP15 update – China-US friction, climate aid, clean tech deals

COP15 rolls into the weekend with a packed schedule of press conferences and meetings, many of them science-related, and several focusing on agricultural emissions related issues. See the COP15 website for details of webcast press conferences.

The SMC has set up a COP15 resource page here.

09.30 – 10.30: Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR)
Press Conference Room, Ground Floor

11.00 – 12.30: Livelihoods, forests and climate with Nobel Laureate Ms. Wangari Maathai, GBM and partners Leading experts discuss forest projects for mitigation and adaptation using rights-based approaches. Also addressed: forests, GHGs, agricultural expansion and impacts of livestock production. How to measure success as intensive unsustainable agriculture practices are expanding? Victor Borge (Hall H)

13.00 – 14.30: Science, research and international governance of geoengineering
This session will review the science of geoengineering, identify research needs and possible future utility, and explore international governance implications.

13.00 – 14.30: PlanetCall – Solutions from Global Youth. Young people pitch their ideas to an expert panel including Tim Flannery and Dan Kammen, Berkeley Inst of the Environment.  Moderated by US model and activist, Summer Rayne Oakes. (Bellona Room, Delegation Hall C7)

15:00 – 15:30: TechAmerica Europe – high-tech solutions to climate change
Asger Jorn, Hall H

16.30 – 18.00: Climate threats-climate solutions: a scientific assessment.  The UK Met Office Hadley Centre has new information on several aspects of dangerous climate change, each of which could lead to severe impacts on human kind. Different approaches to avoiding these changes, including multi gas emission reduction and geo-engineering, will be discussed. Niels Bohr room.

Updates from the AusSMC:

Audio has been added to our web page at: on the following:
– 10 Dec 2009: Climate Change Minister Penny Wong in her daily briefing to journalists in Copenhagen (11:14)

10 Dec 2009: Professor Will Steffen from the Australian National University making a point about the importance of cutting industrialised fossil fuel emissions during a Side Event at the EU Pavilion. (1:19)

More new images have been added to our flickr site at including photos of Climate Change Minister Penny Wong at the Conference.

If you are in Copenhagen and require assistance tracking down an expert, contact the AusSMC’s Nigel Kerby on (+45) 2660 7655 (Danish mobile) or email