Despite climate change being among the chief topics of this year's World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, hundreds of participants have landed in private planes as large as Boeing 767s and traveled to the secluded winter resort of Davos in helicopters, limousines, official buses or rented sport utility vehicles.
While some have taken advantage of different programs to reduce greenhouse gases or use Switzerland's train network, one of the world's best developed, the annual meeting will demonstrate how such global meetings contribute to the problem of greenhouse gases.
Andre Schneider, one of the forum's organizers, said the five-day meeting will produce about 7,500 tons of carbon emissions, which are widely regarded as being a main cause of global warming. The figure equates to the amount released over a whole year by 1,250 passenger cars or 900 homes.
International Herald Tribune, January 23, 2008
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