Fed up with leaving a huge carbon footprint as you travel on business? As the Virtual Worlds conference concludes here in New York, David Wortley of the Serious Games Institute in Coventry, UK writes that CNBC Europe has broadcast a feature story that discusses the use of virtual worlds for distance meetings and other core business applications.

http://richardcarey.net/media/CNBC-Europe%20on%20Virtu%23C3754C.mov

CNBC’s Kate Russell hits all the right notes about the use of virtual worlds for business communications using CISCO, Second Life and Forterra as examples. Though her concluding quote from Gartner Research — that “86% of business people will have virtual world avatars in the next decade” — may be overly bullish positive remarks from the punditry never hurts.