Q&A: Cancun climate change conference 2010 - Climate swindle promoter Louise Gray - Telegraph
Q What about the sceptics?Out in the cold: A Copenhagen odyssey - Special Reports - GMANews.TV
The sceptics will also be at the conference arguing that climate change does not exist and even if it does it is natural phenomenon. However an argument that is likely to be taken more seriously, is that the UN process is not the right way to tackle climate change. Many critics believe that it is impossible to reach a global deal and the talks are a waste of money. Instead the world should be spending money on helping poor nations to adapt or even ‘geo-engineering’ like putting mirrors in space.
Q What about the science?
The intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), that advises the UN on global warming, has concluded that greenhouse gases are warming the planet and it is most likely to be caused by mankind. Although the body has faced criticism over the past year following a series of scandals, independent scientific panels have cleared it of any wrongdoing.
Q Isn’t this conference going to have a rather large carbon footprint?
Yes, an estimated 15,000 people will travel to the conference from around the world. However organisers claim as much as possible is being done to keep emissions down including using solar and wind to generate electricity, reducing water use in hotels and providing hybrid cars for transport.
Q Will there be any celebrities there?
Ian McEwan and actors Bill Nighy, Scarlett Johansson and Kristin Davis are all calling for progress at the talks.
My toes were going numb, my wool socks and leather boots no match for the biting cold.
A day after the chaos at the gates, the United Nations secretariat handling the conference announced that more than 45,000 people had applied for accreditation, or three times the capacity of the Bella Center.