The climate-change conference's own carbon footprint

Friday, December 10, 2010; 11:37 PM

This year's climate-change meeting in Cancun was a lot smaller than last year's gathering in Copenhagen. But like a Hobbit, Cancun's footprint was quite big for its size. The meeting's carbon footprint was 25,000 metric tons of emissions, according to host nation Mexico. That includes the carbon output of everything - flights by delegates, shuttle rides from the swanky Moon Palace hotel, even food preparation. Here's a breakdown of the numbers:

25 heads of state attended.

2,457 air-conditioned rooms with double Jacuzzis at the main conference hotel.

$68 million

paid by the Mexican government to host the conference. The Danish government put up $213 million last year.


days of the year that had unsafe air quality in Mexico City in the early 1990s. Now it's unsafe less than half that time.

7 million

the amount in metric tons that Mexico City's ambitious "Plan Verde" aims to reduce from vehicle emissions by 2012.

- Darryl Fears

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