Climate performance of Asia, the Americas and Europe

Climate performance of Asia, the Americas and Europe

83 countries out of 145 in ClimatePositions are located in Asia, the Americas or Europe. The 83 countries represent 82% of the included population and they are responsible for 88% of the Climate Contribution (climate debt). The 145 countries represent 96% of the global population. The following compares the climate performance of Asia, the Americas and Europe. Also read the posts on Africa‘ and ‘Australia‘.

The 23 Asian countries included have an average Climate Contribution (climate debt) of approximately $151 per capita (update February 2014). 14 countries are Contribution Free. The 9 countries with debt are listed below along with the amounts in US$ per capita. Singapore is now the world’s climate change scoundrel number one due to their extremely high CO2 Emissions per capita.

Asia Feb. 2014
1 Singapore $14,431
2 South Korea $2,609
3 Japan $1,741
4 Turkmenistan $781
5 Malaysia $728
6 China $246
7 Thailand $213
8 Uzbekistan $41
9 Indonesia $32

 

The Contribution Free countries in Asia are: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Mongolia, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan and Vietnam.

The diagram below shows the Asian shares (in ClimatePositions 2010) of the total: 1) Population: 55.5%, 2) GDP(ppp-$): 28.9%, 3) CO2 Emissions (2006-2010): 39.4% and 4) Climate Contribution (debt): 19.0% (note that China, Japan and South Korea are responsible of 16.0% out of the 19.0% debt).

Shares, Asia

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The 20 countries included in the Americas have an average Climate Contribution (climate debt) of approximately $1,531 per capita (update February 2014). 6 countries are Contribution Free. The 14 countries with debt are listed below along with the amounts in US$ per capita.

America Feb. 2014
1 United States $5,178
2 Canada $4,325
3 Chile $437
4 Venezuela $428
5 Mexico $261
6 Argentina $260
7 Panama $255
8 Brazil $94
9 Uruguay $80
10 Ecuador $74
11 Dominican Rep. $57
12 Honduras $25
13 Bolivia $12
14 Guatemala $2

 

The Contribution Free countries in the Americas are: Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Paraguay and Peru.

The diagram below shows the shares (in ClimatePositions 2010) of the total: 1) Population: 13.5%, 2) GDP(ppp-$): 32.1%, 3) CO2 Emissions (2006-2010): 26.8% and 4) Climate Contribution (debt): 48.5% (note that the United States are responsible of 42.5% out of the 48.5% debt).

Shares, America

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The 40 European countries included have an average Climate Contribution (climate debt) of approximately $681 per capita (update February 2014). 5 countries are Contribution Free. The 35 countries with debt are listed below along with the amounts in US$ per capita. Lithuanian and Albania are new on the list (they were Contribution Free in 2010).

Europe Feb. 2014
1 Netherlands $3,997
2 Belgium $3,409
3 Norway $2,553
4 Ireland $2,507
5 Finland $2,283
6 Austria $1,954
7 Estonia $1,475
8 Greece $1,473
9 Spain $1,387
10 Germany $1,373
11 Slovenia $1,308
12 France $1,119
13 United Kingdom $1,097
14 Russia $992
15 Sweden $842
16 Czech Republic $841
17 Italy $825
18 Switzerland $818
19 Denmark $786
20 Portugal $737
21 Slovakia $532
22 Kazakhstan $472
23 Serbia $470
24 Croatia $466
25 Poland $363
26 Bulgaria $359
27 Hungary $315
28 Bosnia and H. $309
29 Turkey $232
30 Armenia $140
31 Belarus $119
32 Ukraine $100
33 Latvia $52
34 Lithuania $8
35 Albania $1

 

The Contribution Free countries in Europe are: Azerbaijan, Georgia, Macedonia, Moldova and Romania.

The diagram below shows the European shares (in ClimatePositions 2010) of the total: 1) Population: 12.5%, 2) GDP(ppp-$): 29.7%, 3) CO2 Emissions (2006-2010): 22.7% and 4) Climate Contribution (debt): 20.8% (note that Russia, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Spain and Netherlands are responsible of 13.8% out of the 20.8% debt).

Shares, Europe

A conversion from total Climate Contribution (climate debt) in 2010, to Climate Contribution per km² (calculated from the total area) gives the following result: 1) Asia: $14,600 per km², 2) America: $32.500 per km² and 3) Europe: $56.200 per km².

 

Information on national GDP(ppp-$) per capita: Worldbank (links in the menu “Calculations”).
Source on CO2 Emissions: EIA, U.S. Energy Information Administration (links in the menu “Calculations”).
Data on national and global Populations: EIA, U.S. Energy Information Administration (links in the menu “Calculations”).
Drawing by Claus Andersen, 2014.

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