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Brown's carbon footprint revealed.

French mag Terra Eco, quoted in Le Figaro, has come up with figures for the carbon footprints of sundry politicians, and our own dear PM heads the list at 8,400 tonnes of CO2 in 2008. Merkel follows at 7,400 tonnes, then Sarko at 7,100 and Zapatero at 6,700. Berlusconi and Putin are not listed, for some reason.

Brown, however, is not the one racking up the most air miles, he managed 98,000 to Sarko's 201,000. Both Merkel and Zapatero have 108,000 miles attributed to them. Sarko is helped by his use of a modern aircraft in the Airbus A319.

Mildly amusing though all this, the figures have scarcely more credibility than if they had been pulled out of thin air, as Downing Street refused to tell the mag the types of aircraft Brown used. Knowing that he uses 747s, 777s and 757s, they averaged the emissions of the three. How about that for data integrity.

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