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Copenhagen climate talks, by the numbers

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By David A. Fahrenthold
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, December 18, 2009; 12:34 PM

193 -- Countries sending delegates to the Copenhagen climate talks.

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119 -- Heads of state attending the final day of talks Friday.

1st -- Where this summit ranks, in terms of the number of heads of state attending, among U.N. conferences held outside New York.

40,000 metric tons -- Estimated amount of greenhouse gas emissions generated by the conference, including emissions produced by airplanes bringing delegates to Copenhagen (equivalent to the annual emissions of 2,000 Americans).

40,000 metric tons -- The annual emissions of one of the convention's least-polluting member countries, the Pacific island nation of Kiribati, according to U.S. data.

700,000 euros -- The amount of money the Danish government will spend to "offset" the conference's emission, by paying to replace outdated brick kilns in Bangladesh with new Chinese-designed ones that consume less coal and emit fewer greenhouse gases. That's about $1 million.

One-third -- The number of Copenhagen residents who commute to work on bicycles, according to the city (less than 1 percent of Americans do.)

20 percent -- The amount by which the city of Copenhagen cut its carbon emissions between 1995 and 2005, according to press reports. Among its changes: making buildings more energy-efficient, buying power from offshore windmills and making a bike-friendly city even friendlier.

2025 -- The year by which the city of Copenhagen has pledged to become "carbon-neutral."


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