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Fifteen thousand delegates, 5,000 reporters and 98 world leaders are gathering in Copenhagen to talk about climate change as the basic science faces a new challenge.  We hear about economics, technology and stolen e-mails.  Also, the EPA declares carbon emissions a danger to public health.

Banner image: Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen in his opening speech to the Conference. Photo: Keld Navntoft/Scanpix

Cool It

Bjorn Lomborg

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Andrea Brody
Christian Bordal

Making News EPA Declares Carbon Emissions a Public Health Danger 7 MIN, 47 SEC

In Washington today, the Obama Administration took action that could have an impact in Copenhagen and on American business. The Environmental Protection Agency declared that carbon dioxide is a danger to public health. Jeffrey Ball is environment editor for the Wall Street Journal and writes a column called, "Power Shift."

Guests:
Jeffrey Ball, Environment Editor, Wall Street Journal

Main Topic Copenhagen, Climate Change and Stolen E-Mails 43 MIN, 11 SEC

The UN's global warming summit in Copenhagen opened today amidst new attacks on the basic science of Climate Change. Differences over economics, politics and technology already led some 200 nations to abandon hopes for a binding treaty this year. Now, stolen e-mails between climate researchers are being used to cast doubt on the urgency of taking steps to curtail greenhouse gases. Have scientists manipulated information?  Are dissenters being silenced? Instead of debating over reducing emissions, would a crash program for alternative sources of energy be a cheaper, faster way to slow global warming? 

Guests:
Darren Samuelsohn, Politico.com (@dsamuelsohn)
Bjorn Lomborg, Copenhagen Consensus Center (@bjornlomborg)
Dan Lashof, Natural Resources Defense Council (@Dlashof)
John Christy, Director, University of Alabama in Huntsville's Earth System Science Center
Keith Johnson, Wall Street Journal
Kevin Trenberth, National Center for Atmospheric Research

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