Seven countries responsible for two-thirds of climate change


mentalfloss
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Guess who's number 1...

Seven countries responsible for two-thirds of climate change, research shows

New research has found that just seven countries, including the UK, account for 63% of climate change. Relative to population size, the UK has pumped the most greenhouse gases into the atmosphere because of historical use of coal.

The research, which is published in the Environmental Research Letters journal, aimed to identify which countries were most responsible for climate change by measuring carbon emissions, as well as other greenhouse gases, from the industrial age through to 2005.

The top contributor was found to the US, which has released more than double the emissions of China, which ranks second. Russia, Brazil, India, Germany and the UK followed. Collectively, these seven countries account for 63% of global warming, according to the research.

However, when the emissions are analysed against population size, the UK has contributed the most pollution per person. The researchers said this is because of the UK’s prolific use of coal in its past, which accounts for a large portion of its cumulative fossil fuel emissions.

Whilst developed countries were found to be “responsible for the vast majority of historical emissions”, the paper noted that some developing countries, most notably China, are closing the gap and in some cases are now polluting more than developed nations.

The researchers also noted that assessing emissions based on where products are consumed shifts the allocation of current emissions from major producer countries, such as China, to countries in North America and Western Europe.

“As a consequence a substantial portion of recent emissions from developing countries could be equally allocated to developed countries that consume the good produced,” the paper said.

A draft report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has also noted this trend. It said that western countries were “outsourcing” emissions to countries like China through the production of cheap goods.

The report concluded that more developed countries per capita global warming contributions are not currently consistent with attempts to restrict global temperature change to less than 2C above pre-industrial levels.

The researchers said, “It is these very questions of equity and responsibility that currently represent major barriers to progress in international negotiations attempting to set national emissions targets and yet are critical to resolve as we move forward with climate mitigation efforts.

“How we choose to allocate the remaining emissions budget is a critical political challenge which can easily become mired in non-trivial arguments surrounding the questions of blame and historical responsibility for global warming.”

Seven countries responsible for two-thirds of climate change, research shows - Blue and Green Tomorrow
 
Tecumsehsbones
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We're number one!

U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!
 
taxslave
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So since very little of the Oil Sands products are used in Canada they can not count against us.
Poor greenies just can't stick with on set of "facts"
 
petros
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How are we responsible for the peak of an interglacial period?
 
captain morgan
Bloc Québécois
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

A draft report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)


You still buying the horse sh*t the IPCC is peddling?
 
petros
#6
It's time to put that malarkey to pasture.
 
captain morgan
Bloc Québécois
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.. And walk away from those high-paying appointed positions?

Unlikely
 
petros
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They could always go work in the field as Environmental Scientists and eat lots of granola like the brainwashed kids working in reclamation for the oil companies.


Very very well paid I might add.
 
JLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by TecumsehsbonesView Post

We're number one!

U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!


Would that be unexpected given the population, the amount of fuel used, the degree of mechanization and the extensive area of the country?

Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

However, when the emissions are analysed against population size, the UK has contributed the most pollution per person. The researchers said this is because of the UK’s prolific use of coal in its past, which accounts for a large portion of its cumulative fossil fuel emissions.


Seven countries responsible for two-thirds of climate change, research shows - Blue and Green Tomorrow


Much of it coming out of Blackleaf's mouth!
 
petros
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Something like that. Food takes lots of energy.
 
mentalfloss
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A lower per capita emissions for the U.S. puts the blame squarely on the big producers.

Meaning you have to start from the top instead of putting the focus on the little guy.
 
petros
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Producers of?
 
EagleSmack
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And they are still given China a pass.

Courage has never been a trait for the Alarmists.
 
mentalfloss
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Who's giving China a pass?
 
EagleSmack
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Alarmists.

They're not in the UN gun sight for reparations.

And from the article it clearly calls China a developing nation and from what I can tell they shift China's emissions to "developed" nations.

Just curious... why does the study stop at 2005?
 
coldstream
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I assume this is put out by the supporters of Carbon Credits.. the financial scam behind the fraud of AGW... a full scale capitulation to the Global Trading and Financial Oligarchies on Wall Street and beyond.

The more the world can be impoverished and put into desparate financial straights.. the more these cartels can play economic regions off against each other.. for profit.
 
mentalfloss
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China is a developing nation but that doesn't marginalize the fact that they are the second highest producer.

Clearly, the way this is written is meant to forewarn.
 
EagleSmack
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

China is a developing nation but that doesn't marginalize the fact that they are the second highest producer.


They are so far from a developing nation.


They are about to surpass the US as the biggest economy. Their military is huge and highly capable. They have a manned space program which could easily surpass the US's.

How can you possibly say they are?

Quote:

Clearly, the way this is written is meant to forewarn.

Forewarn us about what?
 
mentalfloss
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Quote: Originally Posted by EagleSmackView Post

They are so far from a developing nation.

Developing country - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Quote: Originally Posted by EagleSmackView Post

Forewarn us about what?

That they are likely to ramp up production and surpass the U.S.?

Just
as
it states
in the article.
 
EagleSmack
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

Developing country - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This is great and yet hilarious at the same time!

No wonder why many in the "developed" nations are highly suspicious of this. Even our President who is an Alarmist won't budge unless China (and other developed nations) give in.

Which they won't.

Did you see the map? What a crock of ****!

Quote:

That they are likely to ramp up production and surpass the U.S.?

Just
as
it states
in the article.

I bet they still get a developing nation status.
 
Walter
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One good burp by one volcano produces more CO2 in a few seconds than all the countries of the world put together produce in one year. And it's bloody cold here.
 
taxslave
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Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

They could always go work in the field as Environmental Scientists and eat lots of granola like the brainwashed kids working in reclamation for the oil companies.


Very very well paid I might add.

You don't think they are doing it just because they want to save the planet do you?
 
darkbeaver
Republican
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Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

How are we responsible for the peak of an interglacial period?

You don't know how science works.

Heatwave Generator

Posted on January 20, 2014 by Louis Hissink
Here’s the sequence of events that might lead to a weather heatwave.
1. Surge in EM energy into Sun, generates Flares, CME’s etc. This results in a
2. Surge in solar wind and/or CME ejected towards Earth
3. Earth is hit by the surge, aurora flare up, geomagnetic storms occur, earth re-equilibrates electrically by storing EM energy via EZ water path, and influx of protons at the poles, possibly causing unexpected ice formation in ‘summer’ and colder than normal winters in the wintered hemisphere. Earth is temporarily in balance with the solar surge.
4. Solar surge dissipates, and earth now out of electrical equilibrium with its plasma space environment.
5. Excess charge/energy in earth then leaks out either via earthquakes, cyclones/hurricanes and/or heat waves.
6. Earth back in equilibrium with immediate space environment until the next solar perturbation.
Update: Steve Goddard notes global sea Ice 3,000 Manhattans above normal here.
 
captain morgan
Bloc Québécois
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Quote: Originally Posted by WalterView Post

One good burp by one volcano produces more CO2 in a few seconds than all the countries of the world put together produce in one year. And it's bloody cold here.

How do you tax a volcano?
 
spaminator
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Quote: Originally Posted by captain morganView Post

How do you tax a volcano?

you don't. it's never a good idea to piss off a volcano. it will erupt in anger among other things.
 
captain morgan
Bloc Québécois
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Quote: Originally Posted by spaminatorView Post

you don't. it's never a good idea to piss off a volcano. it will erupt in anger among other things.


More taxes and penalties on top.

Damn! How is it that the IPCC hasn't recruited me yet?
 
Tonington
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Quote: Originally Posted by EagleSmackView Post


Just curious... why does the study stop at 2005?

It stops at 2005 because one of the datasets used is: Carbon Flux to the Atmosphere from Land-Use Changes 1850-2005
 
IdRatherBeSkiing
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Quote: Originally Posted by captain morganView Post

How do you tax a volcano?

I am sure they are working on a way. Volcanoes get too much of a free ride these days. Maybe Volcano credits or something.
 
JLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by idratherbeskiingView Post

i am sure they are working on a way. Volcanoes get too much of a free ride these days. Maybe volcano credits or something.


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mentalfloss
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Quote: Originally Posted by EagleSmackView Post

I bet they still get a developing nation status.

Lol, maybe.

All they have to do is keep up their humanitarian reputation and they can always be developing.
 

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