Climate talks create more CO2 than a small country

It emerged that the 12-day summit in Peru had generated more carbon dioxide than an entire African country

Climate talks were hanging in the balance last night, as the world’s nations argued over who should take responsibility for reducing greenhouse gases.

carbon-footprint-greenBut as world leaders talked into the night, it emerged that the 12-day summit in Peru had generated more carbon dioxide than an entire African country.

More than 12,500 politicians, diplomats, green activists and journalists flew to Lima for the United Nations summit, the latest in a 20-year series of annual climate meetings.

The talks have produced more than 50,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide, the UN admitted, giving the Lima summit the largest carbon footprint of any meeting in the two-decade history of the negotiations.

That is more than the emissions produced by entire nations such as Malawi, Sierra Leone, Fiji or Barbados over the same 12-day period.

The summit is to produce a legally-binding treaty forcing every nation in the world to reduce greenhouse gases.

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