Copenhagen summit carbon footprint biggest ever: report

Reuters:

Copenhagen summit carbon footprint biggest ever: report

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - The Copenhagen climate talks will generate more carbon emissions than any previous climate conference, equivalent to the annual output of over half a million Ethiopians, figures commissioned by hosts Denmark show.

Delegates, journalists, activists and observers from almost 200 countries have gathered at the Dec 7-18 summit and their travel and work will create 46,200 tonnes of carbon dioxide, most of it from their flights.

This would fill nearly 10,000 Olympic swimming pools, and is the same amount produced each year by 2,300 Americans or 660,000 Ethiopians – the vast difference is due to the huge gap in consumption patterns in the two countries – according to U.S. government statistics about per person emissions in 2006.

Despite efforts by the Danish government to reduce the conference’s carbon footprint, around 5,700 tonnes of carbon dioxide will be created by the summit and a further 40,500 tonnes created by attendees’ flights to Copenhagen.

I’m sure the attendees would howl if a corporation ran up the same “carbon footprint” flying people in for a stockholder’s meeting. But they’re doing God’s – uh, Gaia’s work.

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