The negotiations have heated up in Copenhagen over the last 24 hours, and Australian lawyers are on the ground blogging about the turmoil that has consumed the UN Climate Change conference and what, if any, international agreement might still emerge.
From Allens Arthur Robinson, lawyer on the ground Fergus Green has posted via the Allens climate change blog that the second week of the talks have gotten underway in a midst of confusion and division. "The Bella Centre today feels more like a live battlefield than a negotiating venue," he said, noting that parties are fiercely debating some of the key sticking points.
Green blogged that yesterday's walkout of African countries, with the support of the G77 & China Group, was a blunt weapon in the talks that could be "also known as a tantrum". He said that with such walk-outs, the formation of battle lines and the fact that the clock is ticking, the general mood has turned to one of frustration. "Let's hope that the fog will recede tomorrow and that the pathway to a viable deal becomes a little clearer," he wrote.
At Freehills, lawyer and author Renee Garner made a solid attempt to explain the breakdown in negotiations with an apt explanation of just how hectic the Bella Centre has become over the last 48 hours. She compared the conference to Woodstock, noting the 34,000 delegates registered for attendance who are all pushing their own agenda within a finite time frame. She believes the next few days will be absolutely crucial to the outcome of the conference
Deacons lawyers Felicity Rourke (from Sydney) and Elisa de Wit (from Copenhagen)have also been posting via the Norton Rose blog on the chaos building around the talks, with a short post anticipating what today will hold for the conference, with more protesters emerging, the introduction of tigher security and more critical discussions.