The reduction of emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) is done essentially by the poorest Europeans, indicates a study. The study, “Confronting Carbon Inequality”, is the responsibility of Oxfam, an international organization present in more than 90 countries, which seeks solutions to poverty and inequality
The organization is based on research carried out by the Stockholm Environment Institute on emissions associated with the consumption of groups with different incomes, between 1990 and 2015. In the document, Oxfam starts by stating that, despite the sharp falls in carbon emissions this year , due to the Covid-19 pandemic, “the climate crisis has continued to grow” and new research “shows how extreme carbon inequality in recent decades has brought the world to the brink of climate collapse”.
And it estimates that, in the world, in a period (1990-2015) when annual GHG emissions grew by almost 60%, and when accumulated emissions doubled, the richest 10% in the world (630 million people) were responsible for 52% of carbon emissions and the poorest 50% (3.1 billion) only by 07%. From the results, it is noteworthy that in the European Union (EU) the 10% of the richest have increased GHG emissions, so the GHG reductions are the result of the efforts of citizens with medium and low incomes.
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