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Research: A good life for all within planetary boundaries (all countries fail)

Research: A good life for all within planetary boundaries (all countries fail)

The website ‘https://goodlife.leeds.ac.uk/countries/’ let you visualize and compare the environmental and social performance of 151 countries. A total of 18 indicators – 7 environmental and 11 social – are included in the comparison. However, 81 of the included countries are missing data of between 1 and 9 indicators. The methods and results underpinning the data used on the website is the peer-reviewed article ‘A good life for all within planetary boundaries’ (abstract). It says that: “Physical needs such as nutrition, sanitation, access to electricity and the elimination of extreme poverty could likely be met for all people without transgressing planetary boundaries. However, the universal achievement of more qualitative goals (for example, high life satisfaction) would require a level of resource use that is 2–6 times the sustainable level, based on current relationships.”

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Countries with upcoming or de facto Climate Debts

Countries with upcoming or de facto Climate Debts

Among 164 countries with full data in ClimatePositions 91 have Climate Debts. Note that Saint Lucia is new on the full data country-list with an accumulated per capita Climate Debt of $287. India, Lithuania and Latvia are likely to have small Climate Debts soon … by 2018 or 2019.

In addition to the full data country-list, 16 countries with lack of indicator data would have Climate Debts with roughly estimated data¹. The estimated per capita Climate Debts of these countries are:

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Indicator update: Environmental Performance Index 2018

Indicator update: Environmental Performance Index 2018

The Environmental Performance Index 2018 ranks 180 countries on 24 performance indicators across 10 issue categories¹ covering A) Environmental Health (40%), which measures threats to human health, and B) Ecosystem Vitality (60%), which measures natural resources and ecosystem services. Over the years the Environmental Performance Index (EPI) has also identified a number of severe data gaps² that hamper sustainability goals.

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Share of global Climate Debt rank 88th, 89th and 90th: Papua New Guinea, Guatemala, Tonga (combined responsible for 0.001% of Climate Debt and 0.078% of Fossil CO2 Emissions 2016)

Share of global Climate Debt rank 88th, 89th and 90th: Papua New Guinea, Guatemala, Tonga (combined responsible for 0.001% of Climate Debt and 0.078% of Fossil CO2 Emissions 2016)

The diagram below shows ‘Share of global Climate Debt‘ in 2010, 2015 and 2017 of Papua New Guinea, Guatemala and Tonga (ranked 88th, 89th and 90th). All three countries had zero Climate Debt in 2010, Tonga even in 2015.

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Share of global Climate Debt rank 85th, 86th, and 87th: Honduras, Guyana and Bolivia (combined responsible for 0.006% of Climate Debt and 0.090% of Fossil CO2 Emissions 2016)

Share of global Climate Debt rank 85th, 86th, and 87th: Honduras, Guyana and Bolivia (combined responsible for 0.006% of Climate Debt and 0.090% of Fossil CO2 Emissions 2016)

The diagram below shows ‘Share of global Climate Debt‘ in 2010, 2015 and 2017 of Honduras, Guyana and Bolivia (ranked 85th, 86th, and 87th). The share of Honduras decreased significantly during the period. The global Climate Debt accumulated since 2000 is $7.2 Trillion.

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Share of global Climate Debt rank 82nd, 83rd, and 84st: Jamaica, Suriname and Barbados (combined responsible for 0.01% of Climate Debt and 0.04% of Fossil CO2 Emissions 2016)

Share of global Climate Debt rank 82nd, 83rd, and 84st: Jamaica, Suriname and Barbados (combined responsible for 0.01% of Climate Debt and 0.04% of Fossil CO2 Emissions 2016)

The diagram below shows ‘Share of global Climate Debt‘ in 2010, 2015 and 2017 of Jamaica, Suriname and Barbados (ranked 82nd, 83rd, and 84st). The accumulated global Climate Debt is $7.2 Trillion.

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Share of global Climate Debt rank 79th, 80th, and 81st: Macedonia, Botswana and Mauritius (combined responsible for 0.02% of Climate Debt and 0.05% of Fossil CO2 Emissions 2016)

Share of global Climate Debt rank 79th, 80th, and 81st: Macedonia, Botswana and Mauritius (combined responsible for 0.02% of Climate Debt and 0.05% of Fossil CO2 Emissions 2016)

The diagram below shows ‘Share of global Climate Debt‘ in 2010, 2015 and 2017 of Macedonia, Botswana and Mauritius (ranked 79th, 80th, and 81st). The global Climate Debt, accumulated since 2000, is $7.2 Trillion.

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Share of global Climate Debt rank 76th, 77th and 78th: Tunisia, Bahamas and Jordan (combined responsible for 0.03% of Climate Debt and 0.16% of Fossil CO2 Emissions 2016)

Share of global Climate Debt rank 76th, 77th and 78th: Tunisia, Bahamas and Jordan (combined responsible for 0.03% of Climate Debt and 0.16% of Fossil CO2 Emissions 2016)

The diagram below shows ‘Share of global Climate Debt‘ in 2010, 2015 and 2017 of Tunisia, Bahamas and Jordan (ranked 76th, 77th and 78th). The share of Tunisia is continuously declining, whereas the shares of Bahamas and Jordan are uneven.

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Share of global Climate Debt rank 73rd, 74th and 75th: Vietnam, Mongolia and Gabon (combined responsible for 0.04% of Climate Debt and 0.64% of Fossil CO2 Emissions 2016)

Share of global Climate Debt rank 73rd, 74th and 75th: Vietnam, Mongolia and Gabon (combined responsible for 0.04% of Climate Debt and 0.64% of Fossil CO2 Emissions 2016)

The diagram below shows ‘Share of global Climate Debt‘ in 2010, 2015 and 2017 of Vietnam, Mongolia and Gabon (ranked 73rd, 74th and 75th). The shares of Vietnam and Mongolia are both growing continuously. Vietnam and Gabon had zero Climate Debt in 2010.

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Share of global Climate Debt rank 70th, 71st and 72nd: Equatorial Guinea, Panama and Dominican Republic (combined responsible for 0.05% of Climate Debt and 0.10% of Fossil CO2 Emissions 2016)

Share of global Climate Debt rank 70th, 71st and 72nd: Equatorial Guinea, Panama and Dominican Republic (combined responsible for 0.05% of Climate Debt and 0.10% of Fossil CO2 Emissions 2016)

The diagram below shows ‘Share of global Climate Debt‘ in 2010, 2015 and 2017 of Equatorial Guinea, Panama and Dominican Republic (ranked 70th, 71st and 72nd). The share of Panama is continuously growing, whereas the shares of Equatorial Guinea and Dominican Republic are uneven.

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Share of global Climate Debt rank 67th, 68th and 69th: Ecuador, Uzbekistan and Cyprus (combined responsible for 0.08% of Climate Debt and 0.44% of Fossil CO2 Emissions 2016)

Share of global Climate Debt rank 67th, 68th and 69th: Ecuador, Uzbekistan and Cyprus (combined responsible for 0.08% of Climate Debt and 0.44% of Fossil CO2 Emissions 2016)

The diagram below shows ‘Share of global Climate Debt‘ in 2010, 2015 and 2017 of Ecuador, Uzbekistan and Cyprus (ranked 67th, 68th and 69th). The share of Cyprus is continuously decreasing.

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Share of global Climate Debt rank 64th, 65th and 66th: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Romania and Lebanon (combined responsible for 0.10% of Climate Debt and 0.35% of Fossil CO2 Emissions 2016)

Share of global Climate Debt rank 64th, 65th and 66th: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Romania and Lebanon (combined responsible for 0.10% of Climate Debt and 0.35% of Fossil CO2 Emissions 2016)

The diagram below shows ‘Share of global Climate Debt‘ in 2010, 2015 and 2017 of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Romania and Lebanon (ranked 64th, 65th and 66th). The shares of Romania and Lebanon are ups and downs, while the share of Bosnia and Herzegovina is steadier.

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Share of global Climate Debt rank 61st, 62nd and 63rd: Estonia, Croatia and Ukraine (combined responsible for 0.14% of Climate Debt and 0.77% of Fossil CO2 Emissions 2016)

Share of global Climate Debt rank 61st, 62nd and 63rd: Estonia, Croatia and Ukraine (combined responsible for 0.14% of Climate Debt and 0.77% of Fossil CO2 Emissions 2016)

The diagram below shows ‘Share of global Climate Debt‘ in 2010, 2015 and 2017 of Estonia, Croatia and Ukraine (ranked 61st, 62nd and 63rd). The shares of Estonia and Ukraine are increasing, whereas the share of Croatia is decreasing.

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Share of global Climate Debt rank 58th, 59th and 60th: Slovenia, Belarus and Bulgaria (combined responsible for 0.17% of Climate Debt and 0.36% of Fossil CO2 Emissions 2016)

Share of global Climate Debt rank 58th, 59th and 60th: Slovenia, Belarus and Bulgaria (combined responsible for 0.17% of Climate Debt and 0.36% of Fossil CO2 Emissions 2016)

The diagram below shows ‘Share of global Climate Debt‘ in 2010, 2015 and 2017 of Slovenia, Belarus and Bulgaria (ranked 58th, 59th and 60th). The share of Slovenia is decreasing, whereas the shares of Belarus and Bulgaria are increasing rather fast (Belarus had no Climate Debt in 2010).

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Share of global Climate Debt rank 55th, 56th and 57th: Hungary, Slovakia and Serbia (combined responsible for 0.20% of Climate Debt and 0.41% of Fossil CO2 Emissions 2016)

Share of global Climate Debt rank 55th, 56th and 57th: Hungary, Slovakia and Serbia (combined responsible for 0.20% of Climate Debt and 0.41% of Fossil CO2 Emissions 2016)

The diagram below shows ‘Share of global Climate Debt‘ in 2010, 2015 and 2017 of Hungary, Slovakia and Serbia (ranked 55th, 56th and 57th). The share of Serbia is decreasing, while the shares of Hungary and Slovakia are up and down.

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Share of global Climate Debt rank 52nd, 53rd and 54th: Denmark, Bahrain and Iraq (combined responsible for 0.24% of Climate Debt and 0.63% of Fossil CO2 Emissions 2016)

Share of global Climate Debt rank 52nd, 53rd and 54th: Denmark, Bahrain and Iraq (combined responsible for 0.24% of Climate Debt and 0.63% of Fossil CO2 Emissions 2016)

The diagram below shows ‘Share of global Climate Debt‘ in 2010, 2015 and 2017 of Denmark, Bahrain and Iraq (ranked 52nd, 53rd and 54th). The shares of Bahrain and Iraq have increased significantly (Iraq had no Climate Debt in 2010), whereas Denmark’s share is relatively stable.

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Share of global Climate Debt rank 49th, 50th and 51st: Luxembourg, Libya and Brunei (combined responsible for 0.32% of Climate Debt and 0.20% of Fossil CO2 Emissions 2016)

Share of global Climate Debt rank 49th, 50th and 51st: Luxembourg, Libya and Brunei (combined responsible for 0.32% of Climate Debt and 0.20% of Fossil CO2 Emissions 2016)

The diagram below shows ‘Share of global Climate Debt‘ in 2010, 2015 and 2017 of Luxembourg, Libya and Brunei (ranked 49th, 50th and 51st). The shares of Luxembourg and especially Libya are decreasing, whereas Brunei’s share is increasing.

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Share of global Climate Debt rank 46th, 47th and 48th: Algeria, Egypt and Sweden (combined responsible for 0.37% of Climate Debt and 1.18% of Fossil CO2 Emissions 2016)

Share of global Climate Debt rank 46th, 47th and 48th: Algeria, Egypt and Sweden (combined responsible for 0.37% of Climate Debt and 1.18% of Fossil CO2 Emissions 2016)

The diagram below shows ‘Share of global Climate Debt‘ in 2010, 2015 and 2017 of Algeria, Egypt and Sweden (ranked 46th, 47th and 48th). The Algerian share has increased continuously, whereas the Egyptian and the Swedish shares appear to have peaked around 2015.

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Share of global Climate Debt rank 43rd, 44th and 45th: Portugal, New Zealand and Switzerland (combined responsible for 0.42% of Climate Debt and 0.34% of Fossil CO2 Emissions 2016)

Share of global Climate Debt rank 43rd, 44th and 45th: Portugal, New Zealand and Switzerland (combined responsible for 0.42% of Climate Debt and 0.34% of Fossil CO2 Emissions 2016)

The diagram below shows ‘Share of global Climate Debt‘ in 2010, 2015 and 2017 of Portugal, New Zealand and Switzerland (ranked 43rd, 44th and 45th). The shares of Portugal and New Zealand are decreasing, whereas the Swiss share is stable.

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Share of global Climate Debt rank 40th, 41st and 42nd: Greece, Chile and Turkmenistan (combined responsible for 0.52% of Climate Debt and 0.64% of Fossil CO2 Emissions 2016)

Share of global Climate Debt rank 40th, 41st and 42nd: Greece, Chile and Turkmenistan (combined responsible for 0.52% of Climate Debt and 0.64% of Fossil CO2 Emissions 2016)

The diagram below shows ‘Share of global Climate Debt‘ in 2010, 2015 and 2017 of Greece, Chile and Turkmenistan (ranked 40th, 41st and 42nd). The share of Greece is decreasing, while the shares of Chile and Turkmenistan are increasing.

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