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Andrea Whiting

Published on Dec. 16, 2009

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Published on Dec. 16, 2009

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Operation Copenhagen- on the job and behind a blue wall of authority.

Published on Dec. 16, 2009

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If you have been in this position before you usually don't want to be in it again. Unless of course you are trying to save Planet Earth.

Published on Dec. 16, 2009

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The protest on Wednesday was surreal in the way that activists, police and a small army of media members all danced around in a chaotic, tear gas flavored tango. Sometimes I was more afraid of the the journalists than anything else.

Published on Dec. 16, 2009

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No matter what, being hit by a batons hurts. As the protest ebbed and flowed, injured activists could be scene wandering around dazed, bloodied and bruised.

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Getting arrested is never fun. Unless of course you are trying to save the world in the process.

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Armored police vans versus angry humans never really ends well for the living side of that equation.

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Note the human chain behind the man with the megaphone. The activists are protecting a truck that was the PA pumping heart and soul of the protest Wednesday morning, a young woman shouting directions to protesters, urging them to stay safe and chastising the police for using violence. Out of nowhere, a swarm of riot police rushed the truck and snatched the woman, dissappearing her into a nearby van.

Published on Dec. 16, 2009

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More of the mid-morning mayhem in Copenhagen.

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Images like this were par for the course before lunch today in Copenhagen.

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One of hundreds of arrests already in Copenhagen today. Tear gas, baton beat downs and civil unrest were not uncommon outside of the Bella Center last this morning.

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The march outside the Bella Center turned ugly today as climate change activists clashed with Danish police. More than 260 people have been arrested and the day isn't over yet. Already other confrontations have broken out in other parts of the city.

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Another happy face in the crowd last Saturday.

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South Africa's Desmond Tutu in the house.

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While they think the future looks grim if we don't act now to curb climate change, these young ladies were still smiling during the cold Saturday march to the Bella Center.

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Another stoic face in one of the more colorful and culturally diverse crowds you will ever encounter.

Published on Dec. 16, 2009

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The voice of indigenous people has been an over looked but ever important part of the negotiation process. From the first people of North America to Australian aborigines, native people from around the world have come to Copenhagen to share their experiences on the front lines of climate change. This woman is from the mountains of Bolivia.

Published on Dec. 16, 2009

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Maybe it has something to do with cow farts but vegetarians and vegans have been everywhere during the Climate Conference.

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This blue lady was part of the human "flood" in downtown Copenhagen last Saturday. Some 100,000 people concerned about climate change turned out to have their voices heard.

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The shapes of Copenhagen.

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The world is heavy, man.

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This is the head of the United States negotiating team, Todd Stern. He is our Special Envoy for Climate Change and, according to him, "The U.S. is doing a lot." Many at the Bella Center don't agree with him.

Published on Dec. 16, 2009

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COP15 Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer, left, and Conference President Connie Hedegaard, right, address the media as the final phase of negotiations begin on Tuesday afternoon. Still hopeful, the two spent much of their time talking about how much still needs to be done.

Published on Dec. 16, 2009

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Don't let the empty seat in the negotiating room fool you, without China a climate deal won't mean much.

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This is European Union lead negotiator Stavros Dimas. Still hopeful for a sweeping climate deal, Dimas, who is the EU's Environment Commissioner, explained that the process needs the United States to step up and fast.

Published on Dec. 16, 2009

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California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was on the scene Tuesday. A crowd favorite, The Governator was advocating the role of smaller, local government in taking the lead for enacting climate change, fighting policies no matter the outcome of COP15.

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President of the Conference Connie Hedegaard.

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Executive Secretary of the COP15 Yvo de Boer mugging for the media before a press conference Tuesday afternoon. Holding the climate change life ring, de Boer laughed, "Don't worry, I'm not going to need it but I'll hang myself by it if this thing goes poorly."

Published on Dec. 16, 2009

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This was the scene outside of the Bella Center early Tuesday morning. Some folks--and keep in mind these are all "official" conference attendees--waited all day and still never saw the inside of the conference.

Published on Dec. 16, 2009

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