Sure, there might be a fleet of advanced technology vehicles cruising the streets of Copenhagen this week and next for the COP 15 Copenhagen United Nations Climate Change Conference 2009, but that doesn't mean that literally tons of CO2 won't be emitted during the talks.
According to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which is putting on the talks, the 17,000 attendees to Hopenhagen will emit about 40,500 tons of CO2 during the two-week event, including travel to and from their homes. This is about as much as 200,000 passenger cars will emit during the fortnight.

How will this happen? Well, for one thing, attendees are asking for more limos – over 1,200 – than exist in Denmark, so some are being driven in from Sweden and Germany, the Telegraph reports. About 140 extra private jets are expected at local airports during this time, too. It's not just participants who are contributing to the mess, but activists and people like anti-climate change U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe, who are coming to Copenhagen to make their criticisms heard. At least they're doing it in a city that does more than most to embody clean living principles.

And, for the weirdest headline – thus far – from the whole summit: Prostitutes to offer free sex to UN climate summit participants.

[Source: Telegraph, Green Car Advisor]
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