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The carbon map

The carbon map | Zero Footprint | Scoop.it

Climate change responsibility is conventionally discussed in terms of national emissions or emissions per capita. We feel that fails to convey the true complexity of the picture, as it ignores crucial factors such as historical emissions – most of which are still in the air – and the international trade in fossil fuels and other goods.

 

To give a more nuanced picture, we’ve assembled data from various different sources to show where the fossil fuels that become CO₂ are taken out of the ground (Extraction), where they’re burned (Emissions) and where the resulting goods and services are consumed (Consumption).

 

In addition to those three perspectives on current emissions, we also give a view of the past in the form of cumulative emissions from the last 150 years (Historical) and one view of potential future emissions in the form of each country’s estimated stocks of fossil fuel (Reserves).

 

The Guardian has a nice video summary of the maps at:  http://gu.com/p/4xn2c

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Note that where population is still growing the most (i.e. Africa) they contribute almost nothing to the carbon emissions, but are affected disproportionately by our emissions.

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300 Years of FOSSIL FUELS in 300 Seconds

GREAT VIDEO


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Well done.  Only two errors that I detected:

 

1. "We can't keep doubling population" but fortunately we are no longer doubling.  The growth rate has been declining for 30 years, and it will reach 0 growth in another 60 years, with about 9-10 billion.  We *currently* have 7 billion, and it is basically impossible to stop all growth immediately because there would be a severe shortage of children while we wait decades for enough people to die of old age.   And furthermore, population is not the main problem anyway - irresponsible use of resources by a small percentage of the population (the so-called "developed" world) is the real problem.  Blaming population growth while excusing our excessive waste only compounds the problem.

 

2. "Adapt to the end of economic growth as we've known it."  I agree, actually, but sustainable economic growth that factors in the true and complete cost of things is the answer.  We can grow smarter, faster, and more efficiently, while reducing or use of non-renewable resources, and transitioning to 100% renewable energy and 100% recycling of all resources as soon as possible.  Doing all that will require lots of effort, which means lots of economic activity.

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Eco Act (@eco_act on Twitter)'s curator insight, January 21, 6:38 AM

A good watch during lunch break ;)

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More consumption not necessary for human well-being, says UN report

More consumption not necessary for human well-being, says UN report | Zero Footprint | Scoop.it

Greater food system efficiency and curbs to the expansion of cropland are necessary to prevent the collapse of global ecosystems, says a report presented today (24 January) by the UN at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

 

The report, by the UN Environment Programme’s science think tank the International Resource Panel (IRP), says that policymakers must break the link between greater resource consumption and human well-being.

 

The IRP calls on governments to take immediate action to prevent the degradation of land and soils and to carry out measures to regenerate destroyed areas, rather than moving agricultural production to new sites, through deforestation, for example.


“Today’s report shows how Europe is consuming more than its fair share of land, at the expense of other world regions, and suggests that Europe needs to reduce its consumption of cropland by around a third,” read a statement by Friends of the Earth Europe (FOEE), an environmental campaign group.


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