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The making of #Tuvalu

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, December 9 2009

Keeping an eye on Copenhagen today, it's been interesting to watch as the tiny island nation of Tuvalu becomes an online and offline rallying point for climate change activists, with a considerable push from creative online organizations like 350.org and Avaaz.org. Tuvalu is the U.N.'s poster child for a nation that would be ravaged by further climate change, and the country is at the forefront of a call for a binding agreement on the reduction of carbon emissions. Note that the sign above, held by a protester outside this morning's plenary session, is really just a giant hashtag. Keep an eye on the Twitter stream too, to see how people are swarming around #tuvalu and related hashtags.


Fans of #Tuvalu are celebrating the fact that earlier today the island earned its own section on the Wikipedia entry for Climate Change.

In other Copenhagen news, the Ice Bear Project is running what may well be the world's most boring live web cam showing the slow melting of a polar bear-shaped ice sculpture:

What other interesting uses of technology in around the climate change conference in Copenhagen are you seeing?

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