COPENHAGEN, DENMARK — Week One at COP15 saw controversy, confusion, consensus (occasionally) and somewhere along the way, the word “Copenhagen” became the most searched term on Google.
If you doubted the world’s high interest in climate policies, doubt no longer. (And, Tiger Woods, you can whisper a small thank you.)
So what’s the current situation in the Bella Center?
It’s hard to say. The general sense that there’s “too much to cover” still hangs over the candid members of the press corps, and it’s going to take most of the weekend to sort out the conflicting reports flowing out of the various working groups and subcommittees.
Just before leaving, I was informed by my iPod (a very acceptable source of information at a venue with more 100 events taking place at any one time) that a powerful ad-hoc working group, the AWG-LCA, had rolled out the first semi-official draft language to emerge from the conference.
If you want specifics, however, keep waiting. (The initial document was reported to be six pages long when I read the first headlines. We’ll see how wrong the revisions make me by the time you read this.)
The early documents places all the important details in brackets, meaning the exact wording will be determined later, so you end up with something like this:
This may sound [adjective], but it’s actually [adjective].
One thing we know for certain: Any proposal, brackets or no, is an important benchmark because it means that something is going on in those impossible-to-follow back hallways.
These early drafts have more details to iron out, but the process is officially not stagnant. And with more than 100 world leaders arriving next week, there’s going to be a lot of pressure to produce something (anything!) for them to look at, react to and speak about.
And rest assured, their words will be Googled.