In a HARDtalk programme broadcast on 6 October, Stephen Sackur talks to the Danish minister for climate and energy, Connie Hedegaard.
With the world economy faltering and fears of a global recession growing, do politicians have the stomach for action on global warming?
Denmark's minister for climate and energy Connie Hedegaard has to try to persuade world leaders that action on the environment is essential even in difficult times.
Next year's United Nations climate change summit in Copenhagen is billed as the planet's last chance to avert catastrophic global warming.
Stephen Sackur asks Ms Hedegaard whether she can convince the doubters.
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