With four days to go before the world’s attention shifts to the climate change summit in Copenhagen, scientists and politicians are busy rehearsing their lines. So too are environmental groups, keen to put as much pressure as possible on world leaders.
In a sign of what Copenhagen’s security teams can expect over the next fortnight, Greenpeace activists managed to gain access to the French National Assembly, or lower house of parliament, where they tried to unfurl banners before being ejected by security guards.
The socialist leader in parliament said he thought that “while Greenpeace’s work is legitimate and important, this particular protest was unacceptable.”
A chaotic day in the Assembly started with a rooftop protest and ended with a partial evacuation due to a bomb scare.
Those pressing for drastic measures from leaders can invite them simply to take a look outside. In Moscow for example, where streets are usually covered in snow at this time of year, there are record high temperatures approaching 10C.
In the city’s zoo, bears are refusing to hibernate, eager to make the most of the unseasonally mild weather. The head of Moscow’s meteorological centre said the cause would appear to be global warming.