Although a lot of the focus has been on green house gases, they aren’t the only serious side effect of carbon dioxide being discussed at COP15. According to a report on Monday, the Copenhagen talks are abuzz with the news that ocean acidity has risen 30 percent in the last 250 years. The scary part is that the report also says that at the current rate of carbon dioxide emissions, the levels of acid could increase by 150 percent by 2050. Say goodbye to your shrimp cocktail. (via MinnPost)
The U.N. reports that 40,500 tons of carbon dioxide will be created during the 12-day conference in Copenhagen, thanks to traveling and waste produced from lighting and lodging. In fact, 90 percent of that will come from air travel alone. Sweden had announced that they will offset the carbon they produced to attend COP15, joined by just a few other countries. (via the Star Tribune)
Mayors and leaders from 80 cities around the globe including New York, London, Tokyo, and Toronto met in Copenhagen to hold their own five-day-long conference. The goal of the talks is to figure out how they can reduce carbon emission in their cities while reducing the costs to do so. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the federal stimulus money sent to U.S. states should have instead been sent to U.S. cities, where “most of the environmental damage is done and most of the chances for improvement are.” (via the Star Tribune)
U.N. official Yvo de Boer said Tuesday that the prevalence of the words “to be eleaborated” reflected the stalemate-like feel of the COP15 talks in its final days regarding some key issues. De Boer commented it reflected the difficulty of trying to find common ground between the 193 countries present, who vary so much culturally and economically. “There are 400 million people in India who lack access to electricity,” he said. “How do you switch off the light bulb that you don’t have?” (via the New York Times)
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