Dispatch from Copenhagen: A tough day—and a “theater game”

Monday, Dec. 14, was a tough day at the climate negotiations in Copenhagen. The place is mobbed, with the heads of some non-governmental organization delegations waiting in the cold outside the Bella conference center for up to eight hours to register to attend the conference. Inside the negotiating rooms, the air was just as chilly. “There is a lot of mistrust between countries,” says Jo Leinen, chair of the European Parliament. “You can feel it. There is a frozen atmosphere inside.”

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