More than half of CO2 emissions are produced by the richest

  • 2 years ago
According to the report "Tackling the Inequalities of CO2 Emissions" by the NGO Oxfam, between 1990 and 2015, the amount of carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere would have doubled.
At the root of the problem: the richest people.
Indeed, 10% of the richest people in the world (about 630 million people) are responsible for 52% of CO2 emissions.
For the richest 1%, this would be linked to to air transport (and in particular those who take long-distance flights every month, representing a minimal part of the population).
Another study confirmed this: in 2019, the wealthiest 1% emitted an average of 110 tons of CO2 each (i.e. all together, 17% of the world's CO2 emissions over the year).
The poorest half emitted only 12% (an average of 1.6 tons of carbon per person).
According to Oxfam, the situation is serious and politicians must act quickly.
CO2 emissions from the richest 1% [are] set to be 30 times higher in 2030 than the level required to limit warming to 34°F.