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December 7th, 2009
11:10 AM ET

Morning Buzz: Will “Climate-gate” overshadow the Climate Summit?

Delegates arrive at the summit building in Copenhagen as talks get under way.

Delegates arrive at the summit building in Copenhagen as talks get under way.

Eliza Browning
AC360° Associate Producer

In Copenhagen today, 15,000 people from 192 countries are hashing out a successor to the Kyoto Treaty, the global agreement regulating greenhouse gases. The current agreement expires in 2012. So what are the key issues that will be tackled by members of the summit? What impact will emission limits have on industries, the economy and jobs? And do most Americans care? Enough to do something about it? Already today, a European official claimed that the U.S. and China have not offered to go far enough to combat climate change.

But the climate change summit is at risk of being overshadowed by what some are calling “Climate-Gate.” At the University of East Anglia, thousands of pieces of correspondence between some of the world’s leading climate scientists were stolen and leaked on the internet. Apparently, hacked emails from some of the scientists have ignited allegations that scientists “cooked the books” on some of the impact of global warming. Will this email leak lead to more debate about the truth behind global warming? What do you think? We’re looking into the the emails and following the money trail – who benefits from making the argument that global warming is man-made? We’re keeping them honest tonight.

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December 7th, 2009
11:10 AM ET

Facebook, friends and getting fat

Researchers found evidence that overweight people cluster on Facebook.

Researchers found evidence that overweight people cluster on Facebook.

Nicholas A. Christakis and James H. Fowler
Special to CNN

The bonds we renew in person between friends and family as we visit during the holiday season get reactivated online after we all go home. This is the time when feast and Facebook go hand-in-hand.

And as it turns out, these two activities are more related than you might imagine.

Two years ago, we published a study in the New England Journal of Medicine that showed weight gain could spread from one person to others in our real-life social networks. When we gain weight, so do people who are one "degree of separation" from us: our friends, siblings, spouses, and co-workers.

The effect doesn't stop there. It also spreads to people who are two degrees removed from us, like our friends' spouses, or our siblings' co-workers, or our friends' friends. In fact, it even spreads to three degrees of separation, to our friends' friends' friends.

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December 7th, 2009
10:59 AM ET

Obama should heed the lessons of Vietnam

Princeton professor Julian Zelizer says some comparisons of Vietnam and Afghanistan have merit.

Princeton professor Julian Zelizer says some comparisons of Vietnam and Afghanistan have merit.

Julian E. Zelizer
Special to CNN

On June 17, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson explained to The New York Times reporter James "Scotty" Reston why he had to stay the course in Vietnam by stabilizing the South Vietnamese government so that it could fight communism.

Johnson rejected calls for withdrawal that were being made by liberal Democrats as well as the proposal for neutralization promoted by France's Charles de Gaulle.

"So the only thing you've got left," Johnson said, "is try to make this thing more efficient and more effective and hold as strong as you can and keep this government as stable as you can and try to improve it as you can and that we're doing day and night."

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Sound Off: Your comments 12/4/09

Editor's Note: After Friday's AC360°, many of you sent in comments about the verdict in the Amanda Knox murder trial. Opinions were split about whether or not Knox is guilty. What do you think?
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I think it is pathetic how we have been potraying Amanda Knox as an innocent beautiful American girl. What about the victim's family? What about their beautiful girl who was brutally murdered? I don't see an innocent girl here, she does not care, coming into the courtroom all American because we always have it our way. I even heard her parents say that the sec.of state was going to get involved. Really? I think as Americans we should be ashamed. This girl deserves life in prison without parole. Young peole have taken the meaning of fun to a whole new level including killing for pleasure. We have even deemed the Italian justice system as incompetent. It's time for America to respect other countries and let justice be served. Let us at least have some decency to acknowledge that Amanda is not the victim in this case.

Your coverage is excellent in trying to portray different sides of an issue, but you have totally failed to do so in the Amanda Knox case by not covering the "victim's side". It seems like you are criticizing the Italian legal system. Who are we to judge? no one really knows if she is guilty or not, but her original comments and behavior contributed to the verdict. Maybe justice was indeed served.

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