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Interesting map…climate change laggards?

And, at face value, it shows quite vividly what fine company Canada keeps on this file.

But, do use a bit of caution when interpreting this map literally. I haven’t been able to track down the report from whence this came so am unable to assess the robustness of the methodology used to reach these conclusions.

But they do seem to be in line with my thinking on the subject.


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  1. I find that China’s rating as “good” to be contrary to what appear to be the established facts: rapidly increasing fossil fuel consumption and rampant environmental destruction (i.e. fuel consumption, 3-gorges dam, etc.)

    Canada’s approach has been “interesting, but let’s find a way that effects climate change without making our lives stupidly unlivable now.” We’ve shied away from making bullshit commitments that we don’t have any hope or intention of keeping, unlike other countries.

    Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than speak up and remove all doubt.

    I’d like to see the methodology for this too. There’s probably more in the data that isn’t really shown on that infographic.

  2. trashee says:

    I agree 100% with you that if this map represents per cap GHGs, then this is pretty dead on. What concerns me a bit is that this is not referenced on the map itself. It is entitled …”actions and commitments on climate change…” and that is a bit too fuzzy for my statistician’s brain…

    1. If it is based on per-capita GHG, then Canada and Australia are pretty much forever doomed to be orange/red. Vast distances and few people mean that by necessity, our GHG per capita is going to outstrup something like Japan which has a huge population packed into a small space.

      One might argue that perhaps we should be leaders in researching ways of dealing with those vast distances in a friendlier way, but that affects the future, not the now. Worse, with a small population, we don’t have the resources of people and finances to draw from that China (with the same “distances” and 40x the population) has.

  3. MoS says:

    The map is pretty accurate for per capita emissions. A map of overall emissions by nation would look considerably different, particularly for India and China. As much as China works on green energy it still rapaciously expands its coal-fired generation plants. In India, one province alone will build so many coal plants in the upcoming year that this province will become the world’s 20th largest GHG emitter. With people like James Hansen warning the world has until 2015 to wean itself off coal and unconventional oil energy or face the real prospect of runaway global warming, this coal situation is starkly ominous. We seem to be unable to stop ourselves moving our world into a new, permanent climate state. Oh well, we were warned.

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