The United Nations global climate summit has spurred confrontation both inside and outside of the conference center in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Outside, hundreds of protesters have been arrested by Danish police since the beginning of the summit. Thousands of activists convened in Denmark to march to the Bella Centre, the location of the climate summit, but on the way the group encountered the heavily armed Danish police.
There have been reports of the use of pepper spray and police dogs in controlling the crowds.
Both protesters and the police have been accused of being out of control. Danish authorities have said that the activists were breaking windows and setting cars on fire, while activists have accused the police of being unnecessarily heavy handed. A police spokesman said that protesters who were arrested are being held in a temporary holding location and that they will be released in a few hours.
Confrontation at a climate summit? Whaaaaaat?
Representatives from about 200 countries are present in Copenhagen, Denmark for talks on climate change that are scheduled to start today.
The summit, which is being called the 15th Conference of Parties, will center around discussions of a new international climate accord, and is the largest global meeting on the environment since the 1997 Kyoto Accords.
Climate change and the questionable effects of human-produced greenhouse gasses are both being investigated, as there is still wide spread skepticism about their effects on the planet. Recent controversies relating to these subjects promise to make a global agreement that much more difficult to reach.
Several thousand e-mails stolen from Climactic Research Unit (CRU) at the University at East Anglia in the United Kingdom have ignited even further debate on the validity of claims that the Earth’s climate is warming because of human action. These e-mails have been cited by those who question the availability of raw data and how easily research can be manipulated to point to global warming.
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