All for a meeting where nothing — nothing — is expected to be accomplished. Via the Telegraph (UK):
Britain is flying 45 delegates to a United Nations climate change conference later this month despite admitting no “breakthrough” on a deal to cut emissions is expected.
Ed Davey, the Energy and Climate Change Secretary will head up the large group at the 19th annual Conference of the Parties (CoP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in the Polish capital Warsaw.
But despite paying for a delegation of ministers and officials the same size as the team sent to previous CoPs, Whitehall officials described this year’s event as “just another step” and revealed little progress on any important decisions is likely.
The Government shelled out £280,000 to send 46 representatives to last year’s conference in Doha, Qatar, with £49,000 spent on flights, £126,000 on hotels and £103,000 on “other expenses”.
In Doha, delegates agreed to give nations until the end of 2015 to sign a global agreement on climate change.
Exit question: What is the carbon footprint of these 45 delegates?
The rest here.