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article imageAustralia: World's worst per capita Greenhouse Gas polluter

By Andre C James     Oct 10, 2011 in Environment
According to a list of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per capita compiled by the World Resources Institute, the “annual per capita GHG pollution” in units of “tonnes CO2-equivalent per person per year”, Australia is the world's leading polluter.
The World Resources Institute compiled list puts India at 2.2 tonnes and China stands at 5.5 tonnes whilst Europe emits 11 tonnes, the US, 27 tonnes and 30 tonnes CO2-equivalent per person per year emitted by Australia alone.
In 2009 the German Advisory Council on Climate Change (WBGU) determined that for a 75% chance of avoiding a 2 degree C temperature rise, the world must pollute less than 600 Gt CO2 between 2010 and essentially zero emissions by 2050.
With the US led cabal of developed nation’s sabotage of the Kyoto (1997), Bali (2007) and Poznan (2008) Climate Conferences, the future outlook for island nations and those in mega-delta regions like Bangladesh, looks bleak. Australia has already used up its share of terminal GHG pollution budget and is now stealing the entitlement of other countries including acutely global warming-threatened countries such as Somalia and Bangladesh.
Dr James Lovelock FRS (Gaia hypothesis) and Professor Kevin Anderson ( Director, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of Manchester, UK) have recently estimated that only about half a billion people will survive this century due to unaddressed, man-made global warming. Note that the world population is expected to reach 9.5 billion by 2050 (UN Population Division).
If the hijacking and sabotage of future world climate change agreements continues unabated and if developed nations are not brought to book, much of the developing world will succumb to this “climate genocide” and not see out the end of this century.
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