Posted by Daniel, political advisor at the Bali International Conference Centre

We are still here at the Convention Centre; and it looks like we will be here all night. The mood is charged. People are nervous, tired, cranky. At midnight, ministers will reconvene and hear back from some sub-groups of negotiators on whether any progress has been made. Then there is likely to be more negotiations. Possibly until 7am. - The main sticking points: - what the United States will commit to - what developing countries commit to - and how ministers will reflect the science of climate change that demands real and drastic cuts. The stakes are getting higher. But the convention centre is also emptying out. The ' carneval of ideas' character of the convention centre corridors is over. Some people are sleeping in chairs. The many booths where organizations from the World Bank to our Solar Generation youth delegation have been ' selling' their ideas to passer-bys over the last two weeks have been dismantled. Which gives the place a bit of a hospital feel now. But at least it also means that some obnoxious people are gone. Like all those fossil fuel and nuclear power lobbyists, that have been pretending to be part of the solution to climate change here for the last two weeks. Like the World Coal Institute. 07122007.jpg

An institute that loves oxymoron's - like clean coal. An institute that is using the worry of many nations, that they require long term, reliable fuels to sell the most climate-damaging energy-form on planet earth. And, yes, as you might have guessed from the name of the institute. That is coal. Every time I passed the institute's stand, I thought of doing small impromptu "activity". Holding a banner in front of them. Delivering pictures of communities devastated by coal. Covering the stand in coal dust. Ok, that would have been mean. But appropriate ...