The AP Climate Pool kept us well informed over the course of the COP15 negotiations. Part of that great coverage is contained in this interactive map of the participating nations' current emissions and the reductions they've pledged to make. You can find plenty of articles analyzing what was accomplished (or not accomplished) over the last two weeks, but this map quickly lays out the current emissions trends around the world.
Some of the interesting things revealed by this map are the huge percentage increase in emissions by China (136.2 percent) - close to triple that of number two Turkey (58.8 percent) - and the nice size reduction in emissions by Russia since 1990 (23.8 percent). The U.S. has actually seen a decline in emissions of 1.8 percent, but we're still the largest emitter per capita, so that's not saying much, which also makes our pledge of a 17 percent reduction less than adequate.
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written by bigspud, December 21, 2009
written by Fr. Peter, December 23, 2009
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