Estimated Climate Debt of 24 countries or regions with incomplete data

Estimated Climate Debt of 24 countries or regions with incomplete data

24 countries or administrative regions with populations larger than 100,000 are excluded from ClimatePositions due to incomplete ‘Indicator‘ data. However, approximate Climate Debts can be calculated by using assumptions of the missing values of: 1) GDP(ppp-$), 2) Environmental Performance, 3) Ecological Footprint (without Carbon Footprint), 4) Forest Cover, Primary Forest and Protected Waters.

First, the table below shows the estimated Climate Debt of the 24 countries or regions. Together, they represent 1.3% of the Population and 2.5% of the total Climate Debt of the 163 countries with full data in ClimatePositions (see the ‘Ranking‘). The estimated average Climate Debt of the 24 countries is $1,765 per capita compared to $905 of the 163 countries with full data.

The indicator assumptions are listed below the table. The key indicator of per capita CO2 Emissions from Fossil Fuels and cement production, etc. are available at ‘EDGAR‘.


. Climate Debt Population Climate Debt
. per capita 2017 2016 total 2017
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Taiwan $5,959 23,381,038 $139,325,682,422
China, Macao $4,813 587,606 $2,827,984,070
Iceland $4,234 330,823 $1,400,643,968
New Caledonia $2,867 273,000 $782,624,241
China, Hong Kong $2,105 7,305.700 $15,378,037,425
Martinique $1,017 396,301 $402,884,406
Malta $874 431,333 $376,784,381
Guadeloupe $743 467,275 $347,227,661
Grenada $684 106,825 $73,054,273
French Guiana $409 265,036 $108,355,349
Maldives $255 409,163 $104,292,915
Saint Lucia $227 184,999 $41,983,856
Saint Vincent $161 109,462 $17,654,141
Belize $130 359,287 $46,729,104
French Polynesia $92 282,764 $25,906,348
Syria $34 18,502,413 $625,877,271
North Korea $24 25,155,317 $605,516,667
Somalia $0 10,787,104 $0
Djibouti $0 887,861 $0
Reunion $0 858,166 $0
Cape Verde $0 520,502 $0
Vanuatu $0 264,652 $0
Kiribati $0 112,423 $0
Aruba $0 103,889 $0

The indicator assumptions are as follows:

  • GDP(ppp-$): Taiwan (GDP+ is set at $43,126 as Australia), New Caledonia (GDP+ is set at $38,278 as France), Martinique (GDP+ is set at $27,728 as Portugal), Guadeloupe (GDP+ is set at $23,140 as Bahamas), French Guiana (GDP+ is set at $23,551 as Malaysia), French Polynesia (GDP+ is set at $31,306 as Malta), Syria (GDP+ is set at $4,636 as India) and North Korea (GDP+ is set at $1,422 as Sierra Leone).
  • Environmental Performance is set at 100 (world average): China Macao, New Caledonia, China Hong Kong, Martinique, Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Saint Lucia, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the G., French Polynesia, Reunion and Aruba.
  • Ecological Footprint (without Carbon Footprint) is set at 100 (world average): Taiwan, Iceland, China Hong Kong, Malta, Grenada, Maldives, Saint Vincent and the G., Belize, Djibouti, Vanuatu, Kiribati and Aruba.
  • Forest Cover, Primary Forest and Protected Waters is set at 0 (no area change since 1990): Taiwan, China Macao and China Hong Kong.

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Updated data and diagrams of all ‘Indicators‘ and all countries in ClimatePositions are available in the submenu ‘Calculations (Excel)‘.
Drawing by Claus Andersen, 2017.

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