ArrivedDecember 6, 2009
Immediately upon arriving we took the shuttle from the airport to the registration desk. Organized chaos. Apart from the long lines at the Bella Center, the city of Copenhagen has prepared nicely for all arriving — there are outposts at the airport, the transportation is free, there are maps everywhere, and there are COP 15 signs and banners on almost every corner.
On the scuttlebutt front, everybody is talking about the CRU hack. It looks like the Fox News angle is winning the day here. We’ll see how Yvo de Boer handles it tomorrow morning. At present, his position seems to be that even though there are some discussions in those e-mails that need attention, that the e-mails themselves (a) don’t do anything to the scientific record and (b) actually increase the pressure to improve transparency, which is another very good thing for climate science. The Bella Center holds 15,000 people, yet there are 34,000 people registered for the conference. I’m no mathematician, but hopefully those who attend are quite a bit skinner than average.
More as things unfold. It’ll be interesting.