The ten wealthiest countries without any Climate Debt

The ten wealthiest countries without any Climate Debt

Among the 147 countries with full data in ClimatePositions 65 are Contribution Free (no Climate Debt). See the ‘ranking’. The table in this article ranks (from 1 to 10) the ten wealthiest Contribution Free countries by the following eight indicators:

  1. Per capita GDP(ppp-$) (1 = wealthiest)
  2. Income Equality (1 = most equal)
  3. Per capita CO2 Emissions from fossil fuels (1 = lowest emissions)
  4. Democracy Index (1 = most democracy)
  5. Environmental Performance (1 = best performance)
  6. Life Expectancy by birth (1 = longest lives)
  7. Per capita Ecological Footprint without carbon (1 = smallest footprint)
  8. Primary Forests as a percentage of the total land area (1 = largest percentage)

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10 wealthiest Contribution Free GDP (ppp-$) Income Equ. CO2 Emiss. Demo-cracy Environ-ment Life Expect. Eco. Footprint Primary Forests
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1. Cuba $19.474 ÷ 7 9 4 2 3 10
2. Gabon $18.347 5 8 8 6 10 9 1
3. Azerbaijan $16.166 1 10 10 9 8 2 5
4. Costa Rica $13.388 8 4 1 1 1 8 3
5. Colombia $11.840 9 5 3 2 6 5 4
6. Peru $11.103 6 6 4 7 4 7 2
7. Albania $10.154 3 3 7 3 3 4 7
8. Sri Lanka $9.010 4 1 6 5 5 1 8
9. Mongolia $8.442 2 9 2 10 9 10 6
10. El Salvador $7.572 7 2 5 8 7 6 9

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Cuba’s GDP(ppp-$) per capita is 47th out of 147 countries in ClimatePositions. Among the ten countries in the table Costa Rica stands out with an average ranking of the eight indicators of 3.8 (out of 10) ahead of Albania (4.6), Sri Lanka (4.8) and Colombia (4.9) – more about these four countries in coming articles. Read also this ‘article‘ about the 65 Contribution Free countries. .

78% of the world’s population lives in 100 countries poorer than Cuba and they are responsible of 16.4% of the global Climate Debt. 38% of the world’s population lives in 39 countries poorer than Cuba and wealthier than El Salvador and they are responsible of 16.3% of the global Climate Debt.

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Source on Ecological Footprint: WWF reports “The Living Planet” published 2006-2014 (links in the menu “Calculations”).
Information on national GDP(ppp-$) per capita: Worldbank (links in the menu “Calculations”).
Source on CO2 Emissions: EIA, U.S. Energy Information Administration and data on preliminary national CO2 Emissions are from Global Carbon Project (links in the menu “Calculations”).
Source on Environmental Performance: Yale and Columbia University reports, published 2014 (links in the menu “Calculations”).
Sources on national Primary Forests: United Nations (UN) (links in the menu “Calculations”).
Democratic Index is from ‘Wikipedia‘.
Data on Income Equality and Life Expectancy are from United Nations Development Programme: ‘Human Development Reports’ (2014) (download all data). Read the definition of the ‘Income Equality Atkinson Index‘.
Drawing by Claus Andersen, 2015.

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