Final Update 2015: new rankings of 159 countries’ Climate Debt, accumulated since 2000

Final Update 2015: new rankings of 159 countries’ Climate Debt, accumulated since 2000

Every five year, since 2005, Final Updates of national Climate Debts are completed in ClimatePositions and 2015-updates¹ are now available in ‘Calculation (Excel)‘. New rankings in six categories, of 159 countries, are available in the menu “Climate Debt”. In the coming months, the climate change performances of selected countries will be analyzed in articles, starting with the United States and China.

The following illustrate Final Update 2015 in two ways: 1) The change of Climate Debt as percentage of the global Climate Debt, annually since 2000, of the 10 largest CO2 emitters, and 2) Key-figures of the United States.

The table below of the 10 largest CO2 emitters (representing 70% of the global emissions in 2015) shows the national shares of the global Climate Debt in 2015 and 2010. China, Russia and Saudi Arabia stand out with extremely harmful developments, while the United States still has by far the largest Climate Debt. See the latest ‘Ranking’ of 159 countries.[Some figures in this article were corrected 22/5 2017]


. . 2015 2010
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1. China 15.33% 7.35%
2. United States 35.59% 45.42%
3. India 0.05% 0.04%
4. Russia 3.95% 3.00%
5. Japan 4.56% 6.24%
6. Germany 2.39% 2.51%
7. Iran 1.88% 1.44%
8. Saudi Arabia 4.09% 1.90%
9. South Korea 3.60% 3.44%
10. Indonesia 0.51% 0.24%

The climate change performance of the United States is summarized in the table below. The growth in Climate Debt is slower than the world average (the large share is decreasing). The corresponding key-figures of all 159 countries are available in the menu ‘Calculation (Excel)‘.


United States 2015 2010
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Total Climate Debt, in Trillions $2.1 $1.2
Per capita Climate Debt $6,637 $3,792
Share of GDP(ppp), annually since 2000 0.90% 0.80%
Share of global Climate Debt 35.59% 45.42%

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¹If possible, the indicator-values are from the data-year 2015.

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Sources of the eleven ‘Indicators’ in ClimatePositions are available in the menu: ‘Calculations / Sources and Links‘.
Illustration with flags (from ‘pixabay‘) is by Claus Andersen 2016.

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