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UN Climate Change Meeting Not So Easy on the Environment

Thanks to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, 13,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide will join the Earth's atmosphere. More than 10,600 people plan to attend the two-week summit in Poznań, Poland, where delegates will discuss issues such as the greenhouse effect and weather pattern changes. Energy used to get the attendees to the talks, or used to heat and light the venue, will contribute to the very problems they seek to solve.

This doesn't mean participants aren't trying to be green — many traveled long distances by train or bus to keep emissions down. Delegates who skipped air travel will reduce their greenhouse emissions by six times. In addition, Poland plans to buy carbon offsets for the conference, meaning the government will pay to reduce pollution elsewhere.

Do you think purchasing carbon offsets helps quiet accusations of hypocrisy, or would delegates find an alternative to a pollution heavy conference if they really practiced what they preach?


Sugasuga29 Sugasuga29 8 years
This whole thing is so cyclical that I can't belive we're that hyped up about it. Go back and do some research--well over a hundred years ago we were in a similiar cycle. It gets hot over periods, it cools, it gets hot, it cools...why can't we concern ourselves with something that's out of our control? Something that isn't just natural to the earth?
Shadowdamage Shadowdamage 8 years
The average temp decline can be very easily explained by a 12-year cycle in solar flaring which, right now, is in an unusually quiet period. It doesn't mean that the larger pattern of warming has stopped, merely that other forces can interfere with it.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
I don't like the idea of buying carbon offsets. Who prospers from off-set purchases? Al Gore. In the mean time, the average temp continues to decline in the short term, calling into question the conclusions of "An Inconvenient Truth"
mydiadem mydiadem 8 years
Well global warming isn't real right? Its something made up by the liberal media, so I guess debating this point is moot. :)
kia kia 8 years
This has always been a big issue with these conferences. I think they are necessary though and if they can be pragmatically justified then I am cool with them. I have issues with carbon offsets as being a way to absolve carbon emission "sins" since they all don't work the same way and thus aren't all friendly in ways that people think. I have donated to maintenance and preservation of first and second-growth forested tracts of land for personal reasons to offset my travel pollution.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
I am with Steph - what else are they supposed to do?
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I think they should have an "all you can eat beans" contest and load up the atmosphere with methane, THEN chop down a bunch of trees to make paper where they can have a Tic Tac Toe contest or Hangman...
organicsugr organicsugr 8 years
I hope this won't stop the attendees from congratulating one another.
stephley stephley 8 years
It's kind of petty to act like NOT having the convention, or doing it by teleconference, would make a serious dent in the problem. Carbon offsets are an effort to do something while the conference works on better solutions. Should dieters not eat anything until they've figured out exactly what will help them lose weight?
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