Overconsumption vs Overpopulation

Posted on 19-04-2011 by emily

An interesting article by Fred Pearce about overconsumption by rich nations having a far greater impact on global carbon emissions than overpopulation.

http://e360.yale.edu/feature/consumption_dwarfs_population_as_main_envir...

Some quotes:
"Stephen Pacala, director of the Princeton Environment Institute, calculates that the world’s richest half-billion people — that’s about 7 percent of the global population — are responsible for 50 percent of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions. Meanwhile the poorest 50 percent are responsible for just 7 percent of emissions."

"The carbon emissions of one American today are equivalent to those of around four Chinese, 20 Indians, 30 Pakistanis, 40 Nigerians, or 250 Ethiopians."

"...an extra child in the United States today will, down the generations, produce an eventual carbon footprint seven times that of an extra Chinese child, 46 times that of a Pakistan child, 55 times that of an Indian child, and 86 times that of a Nigerian child."