Emissions divide now greater within countries than between them – study

Sun, 12 Feb 2023 15:33:57 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam

"The difference between the carbon emissions of the rich and the poor within a
country is now greater than the differences in emissions between countries,
data shows.

The finding is further evidence of the growing divide between the “polluting
elite” of rich people around the world, and the relatively low responsibility
for emissions among the rest of the population.

It also shows there is plenty of room for the poorest in the world to increase
their greenhouse gas emissions if needed to reach prosperity, if rich people
globally – including some in developing countries – reduce theirs, the analysis
has found.

Most global climate policy has focused on the difference between developed and
developing countries, and their current and historical responsibility for
greenhouse gas emissions. But a growing body of work suggests that a “polluting
elite” of those on the highest incomes globally are vastly outweighing the
emissions of the poor.

This has profound consequences for climate action, as it shows that people on
low incomes within developed countries are contributing less to the climate
crisis, while rich people in developing countries have much bigger carbon
footprints than was previously acknowledged."

       *** Xanni ***
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net               Andrew Pam
http://xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
https://glasswings.com.au/            Partner, Glass Wings
https://sericyb.com.au/               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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