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Copenhagen 'CO2 Cube' Debuts, Constructed for Climate Summit


The CO2 Cube has debuted in Copenhagen as a reminder to those attending the United Nations Summit on Global Warming about carbon dioxide:

Cube "The structure, pictured, sits on St. Jørgens Lake, near the city's Tycho Brahe Planetarium. Its creators said the cube represents the space that one metric ton of carbon dioxide would occupy if stored at standard atmospheric pressure -- specifically, a space that is the equivalent of 27 feet cubed, or 19,683 cubic feet. The size of the installation is crucial: The average citizen of an industrialized country releases one metric ton of carbon dioxide per month, according to a report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change."

The cube, which was designed by L.A.-based architect Christophe Cornubert, also serves as a video screen and is currently rotating three hours worth of content. It's currently running off the local power grid but calculations are underway to determine its carbon footprint, after which solutions will be found to make it a carbon neutral installation (given its purposes, don't you think they should have figured out how to make it carbon neutral from the outset?).


And a slide show of its construction:

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  1. It looks like Jello in that first pic.

    Posted by: soulbrotha | Dec 8, 2009 12:43:32 PM

  2. They will get right on top of the carbon offsets for the cube as soon as they figure out the carbon offsets for the 147 private jets flown to the conference and the 1,200 limos, many of them driven in from other countries because they ran out of local ones which are being used by the attendees of the conference.

    Posted by: John M | Dec 8, 2009 1:21:07 PM

  3. It's a Borg vessel on steroids

    Posted by: frank | Dec 8, 2009 1:30:02 PM

  4. Do these climate summits ever achieve anything? Why can't they all telecommute for conferencing and fight at the local level to really change things? It seems like everyone wants OTHER countries to change, but they aren't really willing to make a substantial change themselves. And "carbon offsets" are a real joke. Just stop polluting our planet...stop pretending that you have free rein to pollute because you can pay for it.

    Posted by: Connor | Dec 9, 2009 1:20:12 AM

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