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Copenhagen Day 3: Tuvalu's Big Day, and the Skeptics Arrive

The third day of the Copenhagen climate conference is over and done with, and there's still a long road ahead: 11 days, counting the weekend. We're tracking the even with a daily link blog, in an attempt to mark all the high (and low) points of the talks.

So far, there's no shortage of material from the 20,000 attending activists, journalists, lobbyists, politicians, sightseers, and outside participants. That last is referring to the stream of invective being sent toward the conference by U.S. Republicans, the highlight being Rep. James Sensenbrenner's description of climate science as "scientific fascism".

The anti-climate change delegation from the U.S. will soon follow its words with personal presence. But it's not all about heavy hitters at Copenhagen. The tiny island of Tuvalu managed to briefly disrupt the conference with its own demand for immediate action.

Also, Copenhagen just managed to top Tiger Woods as Google's most-searched topic. Have hope: World-changing political negotiations may yet be competitive with celebrity news.

Here's the action from Day 3:

Leaked "Danish text" continues to strike sparks with developing world (Guardian)
"This text destroys both the UN convention on climate change and the Kyoto protocol. This is aimed at producing a new treaty, a new legal initiative that throws away the basis of [differing] obligations between the poorest and most wealthy nations in the world," said Di-Aping.

Tuvalu bids for a new deal (Guardian)
"Tuvalu, a Pacific island state politically and financially close to Australia, proposed a new protocol which would have the advantage of potentially forcing deeper global emission cuts, but could lead to other developing countries - rather than rich nations - having to make those cuts."

U.N. admits to lack of trust between developing, developed nations (Telegraph)
Exhibiting a flair for pointing out the obvious, U.N. secretary Ban Ki Moon has admitted that it's difficult getting rich and poor countries to trust each other in negotations.

EPA head travels to Copenhagen / The U.S. parade of promises (LA Times)
A few days after declaring greenhouse gases a threat to health, the Environmental Protection Agency's top administrator received a rare (for a U.S. official) standing ovation in Copenhagen. The Interior Department's leader is also in town, talking about offshore wind.

Republicans plan Copenhagen counter-delegation (Fox News)
Sen. Jim Inhofe's "truth squad" will seek to undo any progress that U.S. negotiators make at Copenhagen.

Climate skeptics make their presence known (Grist)
It's not just the Republicans trying to jam the gears at Copenhagen; skeptics and their lobbying organizations (a favorite: Plants Need CO2) are also turning out in force.

Ocean acidification gets its time in the spotlight (Christian Science Monitor)
While skeptics debate whether CO2 causes warming, a scientist at Copenhagen points out that there's little uncertainty about its effect on the oceans.

Nobody's mentioning the $10.5 trillion investment (Time)
A lot of numbers are being bandied around at Copenhagen, but politicians seem wary of talking about how much they'll need to spend on new technology and development.

Bangladesh bids for billions (All Headline News)
The country is arguing that funds for developing nations should be allocated on a per-capita basis, which could give it up to 15 percent of the money.

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