Monday, June 18, 2012


date: Fri Nov 6 14:06:43 2009
from: Phil Jones <>
subject: Re: 220 words on Copenhagen summit for commissioned article
to: Ian Sinclair <>

I have too much on to think about this. This meeting isn't really about my area - the
science of climate change. It is more about doing something.
I know there are climate change deniers trying to malign some of the research going on.
They do not write any of this in the scientific literature, only on right wing blog sites.
All the climate scientists I know though are fully behind the conclusions of the last IPCC
Report in 2007. There is no doubt the world is warming and will continue to warm.
At 12:50 06/11/2009, you wrote:

Dear Professor Jones

My name is Ian Sinclair and I work as a freelance journalist, writing for a variety of
publications such as Tribune, the Big Issue, Peace News and the Eastern Daily Press.

With the Copenhagen climate change summit approaching, I have been commissioned by the
Morning Star newspaper to ask experts and environmentalists about their hopes and fears
for the summit. I will then collate the responses I receive in to an article to be
published in late November. By publishing this article I hope to raise awareness of the
summit and climate change among the newspaper's readers. Would you be able to send me
220 words for this?

Once they have all been submitted I hope all of the opinions in total will answer the
following questions:

- How important is the summit in terms of combating climate change? / what is at stake?
- What are the central issues and sticking points at the summit?
- What type, and scale, of agreement is required for the summit to be successful in
combating climate change? / What is the most important issue that needs to be agreed
upon for the summit to be successful in compbating climate change?
- What are the chances of a robust agreement being agreed upon at the summit?

Of course, you may want to focus on just one of the points above, or talk about
something I haven't mentioned that you think is important.

In case you are unsure of the format I am after, I hope the finished article to be a
smaller version of the following Guardian article that was published last year on the
Left's response to the financial crisis:
As well as yourself, I have asked the following people to contribute: Caroline Lucas of
the Green Party, the leader of Prospect union, the Director of Greenpeace, Leo Murray
from Plane Stupid and the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

I am working to a Friday 13 November 2009 deadline for this article.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards

Ian Sinclair

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