Monthly Archives: September 2013

Global warming: China in its own CO2 Emission league

Global warming: China in its own CO2 Emission league

Global warming is caused mainly by human CO2 Emissions.The diagram above shows China’s annual CO2 Emissions (carbon dioxide) in tons per capita 2000-2011 (the black bars). The green bars show the Contribution Free Levels in ClimatePositions. The free level of CO2 Emissions is dependent on various indicators (see the menu “Calculations/Indicators”). China was the 57th worst performing country out of 145, in terms of Contribution (climate debt) per capita. The total national Contribution increased from 26 billion US$ in 2005 to 185 billion in 2010. This explosive negative development is outstanding in the world and China is now by far the largest CO2 Emitter.

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Claus Andersen
by in / Population
Global Population 1960-2012

Global Population 1960-2012

The diagram shows the Global Population the last 52 years. In 1960 the Global Population was 3.02 billion and in 2012 it was 7.03 billion. The annually updated figure is included in the latest version of ClimatePositions with impact on the national Climate Contributions (climate debt).

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Impressive performance by Costa Rica

Impressive performance by Costa Rica

In 2010 ‘Costa Rica‘ was the only Contribution Free, full democratic country with a GDP(ppp-$) above the global average. The diagram above shows the national CO2 Emissions per capita (the black bars) and the Contribution Free Levels of CO2 Emissions (the green bars) in 2000-2011. Note that Costa Rica could have increased CO2 Emissions (carbon dioxide) from 1.2 ton CO2 per capita in 2000 to 1.9 tons in 2011 and still be Contribution free, due to other fine indicator values.

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Claus Andersen
by in / Global Sea Level
Global Sea Level 1993-2012

Global Sea Level 1993-2012

The diagram shows the global Sea Level rise between 1993 and 2012. Annually the average increase was 3.2 mm (a total of 6.08 cm in 19 years). The increase between 1880 and 1993 is set to 14 cm (uncertain data). The annually updated Sea Level affects the national Climate Contributions in ClimatePositions.

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Claus Andersen
by in / Climate Debt
Top 5 CO2 Emitters’ Climate Contributions (climate debt) over time

Top 5 CO2 Emitters’ Climate Contributions (climate debt) over time

The 5 largest CO2 Emitters in 2006-2010 were 1. China (23,2%), 2. United States (19,7%), 3. Russia (5,3%), 4. India (5,1%) and 5. Japan (4,0%). These 5 countries accounted for 57,3% of the global CO2 Emissions (carbon dioxide). The diagram above shows the Contributions (climate debt) per capita in 2000, 2005 and 2010 (the black line is the global average). India was Contribution Free. Note the logarithmic scale. On the list of the worst performing countries (climate debt per capita) the ranking in 2010 was as follows: United States (no. 7), Japan (no. 18), Russia (no. 31), China (no. 57) and India (Contribution Free). See the full country list in the menu Contributions/Per Capita US$ Rank.

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Claus Andersen
by in / Democratic Index
Full Democracies means large Climate Contributions (climate debt)

Full Democracies means large Climate Contributions (climate debt)

The diagram shows 23 Full Democracy countries’ total share of the global: 1) Population (13%), 2) GDP(ppp-$) (51%), 3) CO2 Emissions (39%) and 4) Contributions (debt) (74%). Only 1/8 of the people on the planet live in other words in Full Democracies and they are accountable for 3/4 of the global Contributions (climate debt) in ClimatePositions 2010. Also the ecological footprint (excluding CO2 Emissions) of a majority of these 23 countries is very large, with an average of 2.7 EPI. Obviously democracies in general are still flawed when it comes to planet responsibility and climate change response. Costa Rica is the only Contribution Free country on the Full Democracy list (more about Costa Rica soon).

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Claus Andersen
by in / GDP(ppp-$)
GDP growth rate in Malaysia

GDP growth rate in Malaysia

The GDP(ppp-$) growth rate in Malaysia is higher than the global average, as illustrated in the diagram 2000-2012. Subject to modifications in the data source. The blue dots shows the global GDP(ppp-$) in 2000, 2005 and 2010. The increase in Malaysia’s prosperity causes a corresponding, but delayed, increase in the Climate Contribution (climate debt) in ClimatePositions. In 2010 Malaysia was the 38th worst performing country.

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CO2 Content in the atmosphere since 1960

CO2 Content in the atmosphere since 1960

The diagram shows the concentration of CO2 (carbon dioxide) in the atmosphere as parts per million (ppm) 1960-2012. In 1960 the figure was 317 ppm and in 2012 it was 394 ppm. The annually updated figure is included in the latest version of ClimatePositions with impact on the national Climate Contributions.

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Rainforest in Ecuador and global funding

Rainforest in Ecuador and global funding

Ecuador was the 68th worst performing country out of 145 in ClimatePositions 2010, but the Climate Contribution (debt) was entirely due to reductions in rainforest since 1990. The diagram shows the forest coverage in percent of the total area in 1990 (49.9%) and 2010 (35.6%). The total national Contribution (debt) was 626 million US$ in 2010.

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Switzerland benefits from a top Environmental Performance

Switzerland benefits from a top Environmental Performance

Switzerland was the 32nd worst performing country in ClimatePositions 2010 (see the menu Contributions/Per Capita US$ Rank), but the Environmental Performance was the best of all surveyed countries. The diagram illustrates Switzerlands Environmental Performance 2004-2010, in comparison with the global average set at 100 (166 countries are included).

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Africa is almost Contribution Free

Africa is almost Contribution Free

35 African countries are Contribution Free in ClimatePositions 2010 – 8 countries are not. See the global country list in the menu “Contributions”. The diagram shows Africa’s share of the global: 1) Population 13.52%, 2) GDP(ppp-$) 3.30%, 3) CO2 Emissions (2006-2010) 3.15%, and 4) Climate Contributions 0.95%. Africa is obviously not responsible for the climate change.

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Claus Andersen
by in / Nuclear Power
Nuclear Power shut down in Japan

Nuclear Power shut down in Japan

In 2010 Japan was the 3rd largest Nuclear Power producer, but after the tragic Fukushima nuclear disaster in March 2011, the country dropped to no. 18 in 2012. The diagram shows Japan’s Nuclear Power generation in kWh per capita 2000-2012. The grey line shows the global generation per capita.

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