This is good news for Africa, which as a result of a large number of carbon poor people, can emit more, and thus, have some space to grow. High carbon intensity and inequality in countries like South Africa is not good news for rich people who will have to accept deeper then average cuts under such a framework.
Friday, July 10, 2009
Carbon emissions: what is a fair share?
The debate on who should take responsibility for climate change is heating up. Industrialised nations want developing countries to accept reduction targets as well. This brings renewed interest in the question how to compare emissions across nations. The World Resources Institute for example proposed differentiated per capita greenhouse gas emissions targets to counter the obvious inequitable outcomes of absolute emission targets. Moving beyond this proposal is another option published in PNAS to link responsibility of climate change to individuals instead of nations. This means that all of the world's high emitters are treated the same regardless where they live.