There are all kinds of services now available to get people together to disseminate information. Microsoft has NetMeeting, and there's GoToMeeting.com, for example. But I guess the temptation to spend an idyllic holiday on a tropical isle was a little to strong. Bali is just wonderful this time of year. And if you have to burn boatloads of jet fuel with private planes, so be it.
BALI, Indonesia -- Never before have so many people converged to try to save the planet from global warming, with more than 10,000 jetting into this Indonesian resort island, from government ministers to Nobel laureates to drought-stricken farmers.
But critics say they are contributing to the very problem they aim to solve.
"Nobody denies this is an important event, but huge numbers of people are going, and their emissions are probably going to be greater than a small African country," said Chris Goodall, author of the book "How to Live a Low-Carbon Life."
Could it be that they're not as convinced on the data as they'd like us to believe? Maybe. For this is not the only recent gathering.
Two big climate conferences have been held in less than a month, both in idyllic, far-flung holiday destinations -- first Valencia, Spain, and now Bali. They were preceded by dozens of smaller gatherings. In Bangkok, Paris, Vienna, Washington, New York and Sydney, in Rio de Janeiro, Anchorage, Helsinki and the Indian Ocean island of Kurumba.
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