Wednesday, December 16, 2009
The Copenhagen paradox
The Copenhagen summit will generate more carbon emissions than any previous climate conference, equivalent to the annual output by 2,300 Americans or 660,000 Ethiopians. Delegates, journalists, activists and observers from almost 200 countries have gathered at the December 7-18 summit and their travel and work will create 46,200 tonnes of CO2, most of it from their flights to Copenhagen. This would nearly fill 10,000 Olympic swimming pools. The calculation includes emissions caused by accommodation, local transport, electricity and heating of the conference centre, paper, security, transport of goods and services as well as energy used by computers, kitchens, photocopiers and printers at the conference centre. About 18,000 people are expected to pass through the conference centre everyday.
This article was published in ' The Telegraph' on 16 December 2009.
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