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Ethan Stewart and photographer Kodiak Greenwood are in Copenhagen to cover the United Nations Framework Conference on Climate Change.

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Welcome World: Climate change themed advertisements like this line the walls of Copenhagen Airport as tens of thousands of people arrive in Denmark's capital city for the United Nation's Framework Conference on Climate Change.

Published on Dec. 10, 2009

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Bikes are everywhere in Copenhagen and most of them aren't even locked.

Published on Dec. 11, 2009

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More signs of the time.

Published on Dec. 11, 2009

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More signs of the time, just down the steps from the last omen.

Published on Dec. 11, 2009

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This is on your right just before you arrive at the Belle Center via the metro. We have no idea what it is but it looks pretty cool.

Published on Dec. 11, 2009

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These are some of the folks from ActionAid- an international anti-poverty group. At this very moment they were singing in the streets outside the Bella Center.

Published on Dec. 11, 2009

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Our first view of the Bella Center and our first view of blue sky.

Published on Dec. 11, 2009

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The Pacific island of Tarawa, Pelenise Alofa's (pictured) home, is slowly being consumed by rising sea levels. "When I leave Copenhagen" says Alofa, "I want to go back home with Hopenhagen."

Published on Dec. 11, 2009

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Yvo de Boer is the Executive Secretary of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Here he is caught in an accidental moment of prayer during an afternoon briefing with the media about the conference's progress.

Published on Dec. 11, 2009

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The is the Google Earth exhibition booth. It has eight large plasma screens all synced together and waiting for you tell it where to fly -- on land or under water, anywhere in the world. Kodi thinks we should use it to find pirate treasure.

Published on Dec. 11, 2009

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This young lady is from the Climate Justice Action crew. She, as the sign says, hasn't eaten for more than a month. Some of her cohorts are helping organize a "flood" of the Copenhagen streets tomorrow.

Published on Dec. 11, 2009

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This is the view of the conference's cafeteria area from above. Guess how many laptops?

Published on Dec. 11, 2009

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Protesters took it to a new level today in Copenhagen. A reported 100,000 people marched from Denmark's Parliament building to the COP15 with more than 900 of them getting arrested along the way.

Published on Dec. 13, 2009

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The scene outside of the Parliament Building late morning on Saturday. This was before the real crowds showed up.

Published on Dec. 13, 2009

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Organizers and police tried to control the crowds along the way. Sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn't.

Published on Dec. 13, 2009

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Flaming pandas were in the house. No word yet if they were arrested.

Published on Dec. 13, 2009

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This is one of those moments when authorities weren't really in control.

Published on Dec. 13, 2009

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After many miles of marching, the masses gathered outside the Bella Center and started building fires in the street. Some were big.

Published on Dec. 13, 2009

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Others were smaller, more intimate affairs.

Published on Dec. 13, 2009

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Things started getting pretty rowdy as the evening wore on...And this was after the 900 arrests.

Published on Dec. 13, 2009

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This man was not alone on Saturday in his feelings about what comes next in the climate treaty process.

Published on Dec. 13, 2009

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This was the view outside of Denmark's Parliament building on Saturday...Before the real crowds arrived.

Published on Dec. 13, 2009

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These dudes were so tired after their long march to the Bella Center that their skin fell off. So disillusioned by the COP15, they decided to just wait in the water outside the center until sea levels rise enough to drown them.

Published on Dec. 13, 2009

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One of many faces in the crowd on Saturday. Protesters came from all over the world to let conference delegates know that climate change, to them, is a social justice issue.

Published on Dec. 13, 2009

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Riding the "flood" of people on his raft outside of the Parliament building this guy would wipe out and get right back up and do it again.

Published on Dec. 14, 2009

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Saturday's "flood" in full effect.

Published on Dec. 14, 2009

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This young man is named Ben and he is from Santa Barbara. Traveling to Copenhagen solo for the conference, Ben has been in town for about a week, staying at a hostel and rolling with the activist crowd. "My plan was pretty much just to come here and then figure it out." he said simply.

Published on Dec. 14, 2009

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Just your every day, spooky candles under a tree scene on the side of the road during a march with 100,000 people.

Published on Dec. 14, 2009

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A better view of the masses outside the Parliament building on Saturday morning before the real show started.

Published on Dec. 14, 2009

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And the march is on. Next stop the Bella Center.

Published on Dec. 14, 2009

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After a long day of protesting, even an incredibly crowded metro is a good place to sleep.

Published on Dec. 14, 2009

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There is a fine line between a well-behaved and an out-of-control protest when there are 100,000 people involved and fires burning in the streets.

Published on Dec. 14, 2009

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The sign and the haircut says it all.

Published on Dec. 14, 2009

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Signs of the times.

Published on Dec. 14, 2009

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Watching the detectives watching the protesters. They say more than 70% of Denmark's police force are currently on assignment here in Copenhagen. During Saturday's march the police presence was everywhere yet also oddly invisible. I caught 3 different undercover officers dressed as activists during the march.

Published on Dec. 14, 2009

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Sunspots? Solar flares? Weird dots from too much time in the bright lights of the Bella Center? Nope, just your average psychedelic COP15 sign.

Published on Dec. 14, 2009

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Breakout rooms like this are where most of the hard compromises get done between nations big and small. Except when nations walk out upset over progress- or lack there of- they are empty. That is exactly what happened around lunchtime today.

Published on Dec. 15, 2009

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This is just one of many "media" only areas in the Bella Center where the journalists of the world get the good word out to their people back home. When big things happen, like China, India and Brazil temporarily walking out of negotiations, and there are many stories to be filed, the sound of clicking keyboards is deafening.

Published on Dec. 15, 2009

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These dudes were passing out papers in the lobby of the conference today. I asked them for the name of their tailor and they laughed at me.

Published on Dec. 15, 2009

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Monday was the official "Ocean's Day" at the COP15. Here, a representative from the U.S.'s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration(NOAA), presents the bad news about ocean acidification with a little help from a really cool, glowing globe.

Published on Dec. 15, 2009

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Executive Secretary of the COP15 Yvo de Boer, picture above, is charged with, amongst other things, trying to keep delegates from different nations happy, on task, and working towards compromise. He had his work cut out for him today.

Published on Dec. 15, 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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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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President of the Conference Connie Hedegaard.

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.

Published on Dec. 16, 2009

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

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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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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The world is heavy, man.

Published on Dec. 16, 2009

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The shapes of Copenhagen.

Published on Dec. 16, 2009

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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.

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.

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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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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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.

Published on Dec. 16, 2009

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South Africa's Desmond Tutu in the house.

Published on Dec. 16, 2009

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Another happy face in the crowd last Saturday.

Published on Dec. 16, 2009

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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.

Published on Dec. 16, 2009

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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.

Published on Dec. 16, 2009

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

Published on Dec. 16, 2009

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More of the mid-morning mayhem in Copenhagen.

Published on Dec. 16, 2009

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

Published on Dec. 16, 2009

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

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.

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

Published on Dec. 16, 2009

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All is quiet and pretty darn snowy on the streets of Copenhagen after a day of often violent protests.

Published on Dec. 17, 2009

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One half of Operation Copenhagen makes his way home through the snow after a long day in the trenches.

Published on Dec. 17, 2009

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Human chains and bike walls were just two of the techniques protesters used on Wednesday to try and thwart the advances of the police. Eventually the police took over the truck in the background of the picture.

Published on Dec. 17, 2009

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This is what protesters were staring down when they arrived at the Bella Center on Wednesday.

Published on Dec. 17, 2009

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It is the plight of the protesters that has been told around the world since the Wednesday morning protests but it was an equally emotional and no doubt terrifying day for many of the police officers involved in the riots. As bad as it was, it certainly could have been worse and, one of the reasons it wasn't, was because of the restraint shown by many of the men and women in blue.

Published on Dec. 17, 2009

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When things got tight, many in the mob- both police and demonstrators- took to the woods to help reposition themselves in the the stand-off.

Published on Dec. 17, 2009

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This guy walked all the way to the COP15 from Greece. He was in the hall virtually everyday, chatting up press, delegates and NGO representatives alike.

Published on Dec. 17, 2009

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Another face in the crowd during Saturday's historic rally.

Published on Dec. 17, 2009

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A "flood" of people running next a more traditional body of water near the Parliament build in Copenhagen

Published on Dec. 17, 2009

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Santa even made an appearance at the evening portion of Saturday's rally. Explaining the nastiness that climate change is causing for him, his home in the North Pole, and the elves that help him make the magic happen, Santa explained in a suspicious Eastern European accent, "If we keep this up there will be no more presents kiddies!"

Published on Dec. 17, 2009

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This is Santa Barbara's Caitrin McKiernan, left, and her fellow UC Berkeley School of Law student Zoe Luftus-Farren. The two of them authored a paper on how to address the human rights impacts of climate change policy.

Published on Dec. 17, 2009

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Our Governor telling the world that they "need to make it hip" for people to fight climate change.

Published on Dec. 17, 2009

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The photo side of Operation Copenhagen tries his hand at global domination. Can you say shady?

Published on Dec. 17, 2009

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Patagonia's Rick Ridgeway lets the world know about the Freedom to Roam program at side presentation on Tuesday.

Published on Dec. 17, 2009

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Polar bears are angry and roaming the Bella Center looking for climate change scientists to eat.

Published on Dec. 17, 2009

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Signs like this hang at vacated exhibition booths throughout the Bella Center this morning as a vast majority of the NGO's groups have been kicked out for the final day of the COP15. According to officials, access was denied for security reasons.

Published on Dec. 18, 2009

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Access to Bella Center is not a problem for the media though. However, access to the actual final phase of the negotiations is a strict no-no. As a result, the throngs of international journalists are simply watching and filming and photographing closed-circuit tv.

Published on Dec. 18, 2009

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Just more media watching media in the Bella Center this morning.

Published on Dec. 18, 2009

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It has been a long day for just about every body at the Bella Center.

Published on Dec. 18, 2009

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Waiting for history to happen can be pretty tiring business be it a good or bad turn of events that is abut to go down.

Published on Dec. 18, 2009

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This is how an overwhelming majority of the media watched President Barrack Obama speak today.

Published on Dec. 18, 2009

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You know it might be time to go home when this is what you see when going for you 9th cup of coffee in less than 10 hours after 30 hours without sleep. Sound crazy? That's exactly how some negotiators are living right now.

Published on Dec. 18, 2009

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