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Date published: 2005/10/04

The BBC says:

The leaders of more than 20 world cities are meeting in London to swap ideas on combating climate change.

Berlin's investment in solar cells, Mexico City's taxi fleet upgrade, and Toronto's use of lake water cooling for its buildings are all on the agenda.

London Mayor Ken Livingstone, who is hosting the event, says that cities have a special responsibility to curb emissions, and special opportunities.

Cities consume about 75% of global energy production.

The World Cities Leadership Climate Change Summit brings together representatives from a diverse range of cities, including Beijing, Delhi, Sao Paulo, Stockholm and Kingston.
One of the most imaginative low-carbon projects comes from Toronto, where cold water from the lower depths of Lake Ontario is circulated around the city.

More than 30 buildings in the city centre now use the Deep Lake Water Cooling Project rather than conventional air conditioners.

London itself will present details of its congestion charging scheme, under which car drivers have to pay a sum of £8 (US$14) for each journey into the city during working hours.

Mr Livingstone says that carbon dioxide emissions within the congestion charge zone have fallen by 19% since it was introduced.

Hmmm, a bunch of bureaucrats take a junket to London which consumes vast amounts of energy in transport, and we're supposed to be impressed. And presumably the BBC is misquoting Livingstone and he is only claiming that the CO2 emissions from cars have fallen by 19%. And of course there is no statement from him how much CO2 emissions have increased elsewhere in compensation. (If you do the sums properly, which these folks never do, the odds are the net effect is negative.)

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