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.

The following exposes the key-data in the Climate Debt calculations: Fossil CO2 Emissions, GDP, Environmental Performance, Ecological Footprint without carbon, Forest Cover, Primary Forests, Population trends and climate change financing.

The ‘Per capita Climate Debt‘ accumulated since 2000 of Papua New Guinea, Guatemala, Tonga are $6, $2 and $4, respectively. The second diagram shows the trends between 2010 and 2017, with world average set at 100. The per capita Climate Debt ranking by October 2017 is shown in brackets.

The next three diagrams show Fossil CO2 Emissions from fuels and industrial processes¹, in tons per capita in decades, of Papua New Guinea, Guatemala, Tonga. The green bars show the Free Emission Level² – the exceedance is the basis for calculating the national Climate Debt. The grey bars are World emissions average.

CO2 Emissions data 1990-2016 (EDGAR) has been updated October 2017.

The three diagrams below show the per capita Fossil CO2 Emissions from fuels and industrial processes¹, annually since 2000, of the three countries. The green bars show the Free Emission Level². Since 2008, Guatemala has emitted at acceptable emissions-level, while Papua New Guinea and Tonga are close by.

The diagram below shows per capita GDP(ppp-$) of the six countries and the World average. The wealth of Guatemala was about 2.8 times greater than the wealth of Papua New Guinea in 2014.

The next diagram shows the relative Environmental Performance of Papua New Guinea, Guatemala, Tonga, with an average World country set at 100. See the new ‘Environmental Performance Index 2018‘.

The average per capita Ecological Footprint without carbon, between 2000 and 2013, with an average World country set at 100, of Papua New Guinea, Guatemala, Tonga are 108, 80 and 134, respectively. Release years are about four years after data years. Note that footprint calculation methods have changed over time. The latest and historic details from the source are available here: ‘Guatemala‘ and ‘Tonga‘ (data on Papua New Guinea is missing at the site).

Forest Cover and the precious Primary Forests as percentage of total land area, in 1990 and 2015, are important indicators in ClimatePositions. The state of the forests in Papua New Guinea and Guatemala has deteriorated considerably during the period, while Tonga has unchanged forests.

The diagrams below show Population density 2016 and growth between 2000 and 2016. The Populations of Papua New Guinea, Guatemala, Tonga are about 8.0, 16.6 and 0.1 million, respectively.

Finally, the table below shows four key values of Papua New Guinea, Guatemala, Tonga in the calculation of national Climate Debts in ClimatePositions. The price of CO2 per ton (column two) is for total CO2 Emission from Fossil Fuels (without bunkers) and industrial processes. Climate change financing (column three) is from July 2017.


. Tons of CO2 Price per Climate change Financing as
. exceeded since ton CO2 financing share of
. 2000, per capita since 2000 per capita Climate Debt
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Papua New G. 1.78 $0.45 $0.00 0.00%
Guatemala 0.19 $0.13 $0.00 0.00%
Tonga 0.66 $0.16 $0.00 0.00%

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¹Fossil CO2 Emissions include all anthropogenic emissions from Fossil Fuel (combustion and production) and from industrial processes (cement, steel, liming, urea and ammonia production or consumption). The uncertainty in Fossil CO2 emissions is below 5% for industrialized countries and below 15% for developing countries.CO2 Emissions from international shipping and aviation (bunkers) are not included.

²The Free Emission Level (green bars) is determined by national CO2 Emissions 1990-1999 (base), and 11 more ‘Indicators‘, of which 7 are national and 4 are global.

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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) and 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).
PowerPoint collage with flags by Claus Andersen, 2018.

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