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.

the-independent, 18 Jan 2016: The world's richest 1 per cent emits 175 times as much carbon as the poorest, study finds