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World’s richest 10pc produce half of global carbon emissions: Oxfam

Posted December 03, 2015 00:57:17

The richest 10 per cent of folks make half of Earth’s climate-harming fossil-fuel emissions whilst the poorest half contribute a mere ten per cent, a new study kind British charity Oxfam says.

Oxfam published the numbers as negotiators from 195 nations met in Paris to wrangle over a climate rescue pact.

Disputes more than how to share responsibility for curbing greenhouse-gas emissions and aiding climate-vulnerable countries are amongst the thorniest and longest-operating issues in the 25-year-old UN climate approach.

“Wealthy, high emitters must be held accountable for their emissions, no matter exactly where they live,” Oxfam climate policy head Tim Gore said in a statement.

“But it really is easy to forget that swiftly establishing economies are also home to the majority of the world’s really poorest folks and whilst they have to do their fair share, it is wealthy nations that need to still lead the way.”

The report stated that an typical particular person among the richest 1 per cent emits 175 times much more carbon than his or her counterpart among the bottom 10 per cent.

Rich and building nations stay deeply divided on the issue of “differentiation”, or how to share out responsibility for curbing greenhouse gas emissions, which derive mostly from burning coal, oil and gas.

Developing nations say the West has polluted for a lot longer and should shoulder a larger obligation for cutting back.

They also demand assurances of finance to support them shift to less-polluting renewable power, shore up defences against climate impacts such as sea level rise, droughts and superstorms, and to cover harm that can’t be avoided.

“We hope sophisticated nations will assume ambitious targets and pursue them sincerely. It really is not just a query of historical duty — they also have the most space to make the cuts and make the strongest effect,” Indian prime minister Narendra Modi told Monday’s opening of the summit by globe leaders.

Yet many wealthy nations, led by the United States, reject the concept of a “bifurcated” strategy with obligations placed on 1 group of nations, and not the other.

They point to the danger of carbon emissions, as measured by volume, rather than per capita, from emerging giants such as China and India.

Oxfam said its analysis “helps dispel the myth that citizens in swiftly developing nations are somehow most to blame for climate adjust.”

AFP

Subjects: climate-modify, charities, environment, community-and-society, france

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SA plans to make Adelaide ‘world’s very first carbon neutral city’

Posted November 29, 2015 16:14:56

Protestors march at a climate change rally in Adelaide. Photo: People march at a climate change rally in Adelaide, as the Premier sets a target for the city to be carbon neutral by 2050. (ABC News: Malcolm Sutton)

Adelaide will be a carbon neutral city by 2050 if a South Australian Government technique to tackle climate modify is successful.

Premier Jay Weatherill released the State Government’s vision for the “the world’s first carbon neutral city” as up to 6,000 marched in Adelaide as part of world-wide rallies for action on climate change ahead of international talks in Paris.

The reported predicted temperatures will rise by up to 1.5 degrees Celsius and rainfall would decrease by up to 12 per cent in parts of the state by 2050, like in the Mid-North and Yorke Peninsula area.

Rainfall was anticipated to lower by ten per cent across the Murray-Darling Basin.

We want South Australia to be the just transition capital of the planet, making certain a fair and equitable transition to a low carbon economy.

SA Premier Jay Weatherill

“We have currently begun the transition to a low carbon economy and have demonstrated that it is attainable to decouple economic development from emissions,” Mr Weatherill said in the report’s introduction.

“Among 1990 and 2012/2013 we lowered our emissions by 9 per cent whilst growing the economy by over 60 per cent.

“We have the ability to generate virtually all of our power from clean and renewable sources and export this power to the rest of Australia.”

The report said the Government would accomplish its target by playing a “critical role in supporting the neighborhood and industry in the transition to a low carbon economy”.

“The Government also has a responsibility to provide policy certainty for company and sector, establish constant and effective regulatory frameworks, and, as climate modify leader, to collaborate with other sub-national governments to facilitate international action,” it mentioned.

The report said nearby governments would be at the “front line”, and would create local policy and “operational options”.

It stated the private sector would “drive innovation and development clean tech options” if it was supported by the proper “fiscal policies and regulatory settings”.

Mr Weatherill said the alter from traditional to low carbon industries would be felt by those workers and communities who relied upon them.

“We require to support the community and workers by way of this alter,” he stated.

“We want South Australia to be the just transition capital of the planet, making certain a fair and equitable transition to a low carbon economy.”

The report foreshadowed an increase in bushfires, heatwaves and floods in SA, with altering rainfall patterns and higher evaporation prices expected to challenge the state’s water supplies.

Topics: climate-adjust, community-organisations, environmental-health, federal—state-issues, state-parliament, adelaide-5000, sa

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