Monday, January 14, 2008

Carbon Output and the Rest of the World

On March 13th 2001 President Bush declared: “I oppose the Kyoto Protocol because it exempts 80 percent of the world, including major population centers such as China and India. [It is an] … ineffective means of addressing global climate change concerns.”

While on April 20th 2007, India’s UN Ambassador “… told the developed nations that the main responsibility for taking action to lessen the threat of climate change rests with them …, while efforts to impose greenhouse gas commitments on developing nations would ‘simply adversely impact’ their prospects of growth.”

Now David Wheeler and Kevin Ummel of the Center for Global Development ( have produced a provocative report that projects carbon output from the “South” (Asia (excluding Japan and the FSU), Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, the Caribbean and Pacific Islands) alone will exceed safe limits (450ppm) by 2060 ignoring all historic and future contributions from the North! The projection assumes an A1F1 IPCC scenario of fossil-intensive, rapid economic growth coupled with low population growth along with no emission reductions.

You can download their full report from:
full report

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