The report was commissioned by Denmark:
Deloitte included in their calculations emissions caused by accommodation, local transport, electricity and heating of the conference center, paper, security, transport of goods and services as well as energy used by computers, kitchens, photocopiers and printers inside the conference center.
Accommodation accounted for 23 percent of the summit’s greenhouse gas emissions in Copenhagen, while transport caused 7 percent. Seventy percent came from activities inside the conference center, she said.
Dozens of people from Minnesota have flocked to Copenhagen. Terrapass’ carbon footprint calculator estimates that a non-stop roundtrip airline flight from Minneapolis-St. Paul to Copenhagen created 3,777 pounds of CO2.
How much would it take to offset that?
— You’d have to install 35 lightbulbs in place of incandescent bulbs.
— Someone with a 15 mpg car would have to drive a 30 mpg car for six months.
— Someone would have to replace an old water heater with a newer, more energy efficient model. You could also reduce your water temperature by 10 degrees for the next four years.
— You’d have to drop your home by 5 degrees for the next year.
— If you normally drive 75, you’d have to drive 65 for the next two years.
— Nine people who are not now car-pooling, would have to do so for the next year.
Meanwhile, a Brown University professor is trying to figure out where all the money goes that’s given to poor countries by rich countries to help them adapt to climate change.
He’s developing a database to track it all, the Boston Globe reports:
Perhaps you would think, with the billions of dollars in aid flowing back and forth between nations for generations, that there would be a highly evolved system to make sure the money gets where it’s supposed to go. No. Roberts says there are many reasons, including the reality that funding can be expensive to track and that some governments do not want it to be tracked. Regardless of why, he said, the result is enormous sums of money are swallowed up by consultants, middlemen, and corruption long before the money gets even part of the distance it needs to go.