By Daily Mail Reporter
A climate of doubt: Almost half of Britons believes global warming is NOT caused by man
Almost half of people in Britain believe there is no proof that global warming is caused by humans, according to a new poll.
The survey revealed that 46per cent of those quizzed did not believe mankind was largely responsible for the global temperature rise.
Some 39per cent of those questioned said climate change was not proven to be man-made – and a further 7per cent of pollsters believed that climate change was not taking place at all.
And despite a contrasting message from many governments, less than one in four voters believe climate change is ‘the most serious problem faced by man’.
The poll comes just before a meeting of world leaders next week in Copenhagen with the aim of securing a new deal to tackle rising temperatures.
Despite the contrasting views, an estimated 50,000 people worried about climate change marched on Westminster yesterday to demand that the British Government ‘make Copenhagen count’.
Gordon Brown invited protest representatives to a hastily arranged meeting at Downing Street after Parliament was encircled by protesters calling for the Prime Minister to make their voices heard at the summit.
Climate Change Secretary Ed Miliband also met protesters and told them: ‘I will do my damnedest to get the best possible agreement we can.’
After the meeting at Downing Street, Mr Brown said he knew how serious the situation was and described those who doubted scientific evidence as a ‘flat earth group’.
Mr Brown said he would try to persuade other world leaders of the need to back up environmental plans with the right finances.
Mr Miliband told a meeting at Westminster Central Hall after the march: ‘My job is to get the most ambitious deal possible.
‘I think we are reaching a stage where there are offers on the table but they are not enough.
‘We need to use the next two weeks to push people up their ranges as far as they can go.’
Ocean Whitehawk, from the Women’s Institute Girls in Colchester, told Mr Miliband the 205,000 WI members nationwide wanted to see a ‘robust deal which reflects the challenges we face’ and urged him to show leadership to the rest of the world.
The Women’s Institute was just one of the groups represented at today’s march which included aid agencies, wildlife charities, religious groups and trade unions.
Participants were urged to wear blue for the protest dubbed The Wave by organisers.
By Andrew Gilligan
Copenhagen climate summit: 1,200 limos, 140 private planes and caviar wedges
Copenhagen is preparing for the climate change summit that will produce as much carbon dioxide as a town the size of Middlesbrough.
On a normal day, Majken Friss Jorgensen, managing director of Copenhagen’s biggest limousine company, says her firm has twelve vehicles on the road. During the “summit to save the world”, which opens here tomorrow, she will have 200.
“We thought they were not going to have many cars, due to it being a climate convention,” she says. “But it seems that somebody last week looked at the weather report.”
Ms Jorgensen reckons that between her and her rivals the total number of limos in Copenhagen next week has already broken the 1,200 barrier. The French alone rang up on Thursday and ordered another 42. “We haven’t got enough limos in the country to fulfil the demand,” she says. “We’re having to drive them in hundreds of miles from Germany and Sweden.”
And the total number of electric cars or hybrids among that number? “Five,” says Ms Jorgensen. “The government has some alternative fuel cars but the rest will be petrol or diesel. We don’t have any hybrids in Denmark, unfortunately, due to the extreme taxes on those cars. It makes no sense at all, but it’s very Danish.”
The airport says it is expecting up to 140 extra private jets during the peak period alone, so far over its capacity that the planes will have to fly off to regional airports – or to Sweden – to park, returning to Copenhagen to pick up their VIP passengers.
As well 15,000 delegates and officials, 5,000 journalists and 98 world leaders, the Danish capital will be blessed by the presence of Leonardo DiCaprio, Daryl Hannah, Helena Christensen, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Prince Charles. A Republican US senator, Jim Inhofe, is jetting in at the head of an anti-climate-change “Truth Squad.” The top hotels – all fully booked at £650 a night – are readying their Climate Convention menus of (no doubt sustainable) scallops, foie gras and sculpted caviar wedges.
The Danish government is cunningly spending a million kroner (£120,000) to give the protesters KlimaForum, a “parallel conference” in the magnificent DGI-byen sports centre. The hope, officials admit, is that they will work off their youthful energies on the climbing wall, state-of-the-art swimming pools and bowling alley, Just in case, however, Denmark has taken delivery of its first-ever water-cannon – one of the newspapers is running a competition to suggest names for it – plus sweeping new police powers. The authorities have been proudly showing us their new temporary prison, 360 cages in a disused brewery, housing 4,000 detainees.
And this being Scandinavia, even the prostitutes are doing their bit for the planet. Outraged by a council postcard urging delegates to “be sustainable, don’t buy sex,” the local sex workers’ union – they have unions here – has announced that all its 1,400 members will give free intercourse to anyone with a climate conference delegate’s pass. The term “carbon dating” just took on an entirely new meaning.
At least the sex will be C02-neutral. According to the organisers, the eleven-day conference, including the participants’ travel, will create a total of 41,000 tonnes of “carbon dioxide equivalent”, equal to the amount produced over the same period by a city the size of Middlesbrough.
And as the delegates meet, they do so under a shadow. For the first time, not just the methods but the entire purpose of the climate change agenda is being questioned. Leaked emails showing key scientists conspiring to fix data that undermined their case have boosted the sceptic lobby. Australia has voted down climate change laws. Last week’s unusually strident attack by the Energy Secretary, Ed Miliband, on climate change “saboteurs” reflected real fear in government that momentum is slipping away from the cause.
The interesting question is perhaps not whether the climate changers have got the science right – they probably have – but whether they have got the pitch right. Some campaigners’ apocalyptic predictions and religious righteousness – funeral ceremonies for economic growth and the like – can be alienating, and may help explain why the wider public does not seem to share the urgency felt by those in Copenhagen this week.
In a rather perceptive recent comment, Mr Miliband said it was vital to give people a positive vision of a low-carbon future. “If Martin Luther King had come along and said ‘I have a nightmare,’ people would not have followed him,” he said.
By Daily Mail Reporter
Copenhagen mayor pleads with climate change delegates not to use prostitutes… as sex workers offer their service free
Copenhagen’s Lord Mayor has written to all 500 climate change delegates pleading with them to abstain from using services of the city’s ‘unsustainable’ prostitutes.
Ritt Bjerregaard, who is hosting her own climate conference for mayors, said: ‘As mayor I have a duty over which image of Copenhagen will be shown during the summit and I think it’s deplorable that you can buy a woman for sex.’
A sex workers organisation has responded by urging its members to offer free sex to anyone attending the meeting .
The city council contacted 160 hotels asking them not to arrange prostitutes for guests attending the conference.
Together with the anti-trafficking organisation, The Nest International, and tourism group Wonderful Copenhagen, it issued postcards featuring the slogan, ‘Be sustainable – don’t buy sex’, which been distributed to hotels.
A sex workers interest organisation, SIO, has hit out at claims that sex tourism increases during high-level summits.
SIO spokeswoman Susanne Møller said: ‘It’s completely discriminatory. Ritt Bjerregaard is abusing her position when she uses her power to prevent us from carrying out our legal work.
‘I don’t understand how she can be allowed to contact people in this way – we have to defend ourselves.’
The group has now decided to offer a free service to people who present one of the council’s anti-prostitution postcards, along with their official summit ID during the two-week conference.