In recent months, the British have been giving their leaders a lot of grief over carbon footprints. More than just dirty shoes, these are caused by activities that emit carbon...

In recent months, the British have been giving their leaders a lot of grief over carbon footprints. More than just dirty shoes, these are caused by activities that emit carbon dioxide and measured by the resultant environmental damage. Air travel is a popular culprit, and both Prince Charles and Tony Blair have been called out for flying more than necessary.

In an attempt at saving face, the Prince even canceled his ski trip to Switzerland. But then his plans to fly to the U.S. to accept an environmental award caused an uproar. Responding to charges of “green hypocrisy,” Charles cut his entourage to 12 (from a reported 20) and flew on a scheduled BA flight. Still, the emissions from that flight racked up his carbon footprint, which The Mirror calculated using carbonfootprint.com to be 2,214 tons.

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