Thursday, 10 April 2008

Nature holds online conference

Nature Publishing Group held a conference in December on Second Nature, its part of Second Life (, an internet based virtual world. The talks—on climate change—coincided with the UN conference in Bali on replacing the Kyoto protocol. Avatars attending Second Nature knew that their carbon footprint would be the smaller. George Monbiot, author of Heat: How We Can Stop the Planet Burning, spoke at one of the events, which were all free to everyone. Avatars produce an estimated 39 kg of carbon dioxide a year; a round trip from London to New York produces 1200 kg. Each event attracted about 50 attendees, and the audio recordings have been made available. Speakers and audience members gave positive feedback about the event. (

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