Friday, December 10, 2010;
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.
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.
the amount in metric tons that Mexico City's ambitious "Plan Verde" aims to reduce from vehicle emissions by 2012.
- Darryl Fears