Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Anyone have some Ozone depletion credits for sale?

The enviros that were attending the Bali conference, need some help. Seems they had a tough time keeping their cool. Not only did they not purchase nearly enough carbon credits to offset their little vacation, they did not purchase any Ozone depletion credits.

[...] The air-conditioning system installed to keep more than 10,000 delegates cool used highly damaging refrigerant gases - as lethal to the atmosphere as 48,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide, and nearly the equivalent of the emissions of all aircraft used to fly delegates to Indonesia. [...]

[...] Staff from Australia's Natural Refrigerants Transition Board and the London- and Washington-based Environmental Investigation Agency noticed the stockpiled cylinders of hydrochlorofluorocarbons - a refrigerant likely to be phased out over the next few years because it devours ozone in the upper atmosphere.

In addition, the refrigerant is a potent greenhouse gas, with each kilogram at least as damaging as 1.7 tonnes of carbon dioxide.

Investigators at the Balinese resort complex at Nusa Dua counted 700 cylinders of the gas, each of them weighing 13.5 kilograms, and the system was visibly leaking.

The air-conditioning system, which used two kilometres of plastic pipe, serviced the European pavilion, the UN Secretariat offices, the media centre and other temporary areas. [...]

It appears that Mr. Chris Goodall's prediction was correct.
The UN estimates 42,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide and other pollutants will be pumped into the atmosphere during the 12-day conference in Bali. [...]

If correct, Goodall said, that's equivalent to what a western city of 1.5 million people, like Marseilles, France, would emit in a day. He believes the real figure will be twice that.

Sometimes, staying home is just the right thing to do...

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