U2 and Bono criticised for carbon footprint

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Band's 100-date world tour will be responsible for emitting up to 65,000 tonnes of CO2

Alistair Grant, thelondonpaper

U2 and Bono have been criticised for the carbon footprint created by their mammoth world tour.

The 100-date, 18-month odyssey, which kicked off last week, will see the multi-millionaires emit up to 65,000 tonnes of CO2, which would be equivalent to Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr flying from Earth to the planet Mars - and back.

The £90m U2360 tour also features three 390-tonne stages criss-crossing the globe, along with 200 crew and backstage staff.

Their colossal emissions are the equivalent of leaving a standard 100-watt light bulb on for 159,000 years, according to estimates from researchers at the website Carbonfootprint.com.

The energy consumption comes despite Bono saying in Tokyo in May 2008: "My prayer is that we become better in looking after our planet."

U2's public relations agency RMP did not return a request asking if the band planned to offset its emissions.

© 2009 NI Free Newspapers Ltd

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