The world's richest 1 per cent emits 175 times as much carbon as the poorest, study finds
(The Independent, 18 Jan 2016) The new research comes after an agreement about how much responsibility developed countries have for climate change.
Someone from the richest 1 per cent of the global population contributes 175 times as much to climate change as someone in the poorest 10 per cent of the population, according to a new report.
The study, “Extreme Carbon Inequality”, drawn up by Oxfam, says the idea that developing countries emit more carbon is a “myth” and rich countries should be leading the way on climate change.
The research, which has been endorsed by “rock-star” economist Thomas Piketty and other academics, in particular points the finger at Americans as the biggest emitters of carbon.