Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Fletch Copenhagen Carbon Footprint Biggest Ever

Saw this on the news today.
It's a laugh really, isn't it..

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 December 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 US 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 was listening to Newstalk yesterday, the interview with Bob Carter where he was saying how the money spent on this farce could have saved so many people around the world by providing clean drinking water, food and medical aid and yet it's being poured into the funding of this scheme. It's a crime really.

5 comment(s):

ZenTiger said...

On the other hand, the AGW camp are countering with figures on how much CO2 the Iraq war created.

I always thought war was terrible, but now they have CO2 ratings for it, I can see how truly evil war really is.

Although surely, as far as an AGW person is concerned, each person that dies earns serious carbon credits for the reduction in human demands on the environment?

If the Iraq war has killed as many people as the left claim (figures are often exaggerated and still don't match Saddam's efforts on the Kurds) then perhaps we are in credit? I wonder if they took that into account?

KG said...

I wonder if it's possible to apply for carbon credits based on one's history of aiding people to reach parity with ambient temperature?
If so, I'm very much in credit and may look at buying another big V8...

Lucia Maria said...

Fletch,

except the carbon crazies, rather than saving people, would prefer they were never born in order to save the planet.

The latest idea is to offset your jet-set lifestyle by eliminating African babies.

ciaron said...

I'd like to see what 46,300 tonnes of carbon dioxide would look like in down town Copenhagen......

ZenTiger said...

5 years ago: No-one will ever consider using abortion as a carbon offset.

Today: Well, that's just a fringe group.

5 years time: It's an idea long overdue.

As Paul Simon said: "The nearer your destination, the more you're slip-sliding away"

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