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:

  • Taiwan: $6,833 (total: $160.9 billion)
  • China Macao: $5,047 (total: $3.1 billion)
  • Iceland: $4,985 (total: $1.7 billion)
  • New Caledonia: $2,452 (total: $0.7 billion)
  • China Hong Kong: $2,366 (total: $17.4 billion)
  • Guadeloupe: $969 (total: $0.4 billion)
  • Malta: $931 (total: $0.4 billion)
  • Martinique: $921 (total: $0.4 billion)
  • Grenada: $779 (total: $0.1 billion)
  • French Guiana: $457 (total: $0.1 billion)
  • Maldives: $244 (total: $0.1 billion)
  • Saint Vincent and the G.: $187 (total: $0.02 billion)
  • Belize: $159 (total: $0.1 billion)
  • French Polynesia: $102 (total: 0.03 billion)
  • North Korea: $27 (total: $0.7 billion)
  • Syria: $13 (total: $0.2 billion)

Combined, the Climate Debt of the 16 countries with lack of data amounts to roughly 2% of the combined Climate Debt of the 164 countries with full data.

Aruba, Djibouti, Reunion, Vanuatu, Kiribati, Cape Verde and Somalia (all seven with lack of indicator data) would have no Climate Debts with estimated data.

Finally, Montenegro, Netherlands Antilles, Occupied Palestinian Territories and South Sudan have so far no data on Fossil CO2 Emission.

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¹Indicator estimates: Taiwan (Footprint set at the level of Japan, Forests set at “unchanged”, GDP-ppp set at the level of Germany); China Macao (Environment and Footprint set at the levels of Singapore); Iceland (Footprint set at the level of Ireland); New Caledonia (Environment set at the level of New Zealand, GDP-ppp set at the level of Trinidad and Tobago); China Hong Kong (Environment and Footprint set at the levels of the United States, Forests set at “unchanged”); Guadeloupe (Environment and GDP-ppp set at the levels of Seychelles); Malta (Footprint set at the level of Cyprus); Martinique (Environment and GDP-ppp set at the levels of Chile); Grenada (Footprint set at the level of Dominican Republic); French Guiana (Environment and GDP-ppp set at the levels of Turkey); Maldives (Environment set at the level of Saint Lucia); Saint Vincent and the G. (Environment set at the level of Saint Lucia); Belize (Environment set at the level of Saint Lucia); French Polynesia (Environment and GDP-ppp set at the levels of Barbados); North Korea (GDP-ppp set at the level of Haiti); Syria (GDP-ppp set at the level of Kenya).

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Updated data and diagrams of all ‘Indicators‘ and all countries in ClimatePositions are available in the menu ‘Calculations (Excel)‘.
Data on Fossil CO2 Emissions (excluding international shipping and aviation) including industrial processes (cement, steel, liming, etc.) are from EDGAR (European Commission) (links in the menu Calculations / Sources & Links).
Information on national GDP(ppp-$) per capita: Worldbank (links in the menu Calculations / Sources & Links).
Source on Environmental Performance: Yale and Columbia University (links in the menu Calculations / Sources & Links).
Source on Ecological Footprint: Global Footprint Network (links in the menu Calculations / Sources & Links).
Data on national Forest Cover and Primary Forests are from United Nations UN (Report: Global Forest Resources Assessments) (links in the menu Calculations / Sources & Links).
Data on national and global Populations is from Worldbank (links in the menu Calculations / Sources & Links).
Drawing by Claus Andersen, 2018.

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