World's Richest Produce The Most Pollution: Oxfam

Posted: Dec 3 2015, 6:17pm CST | by , in News | Latest Science News

World's Richest Produce the Most Pollution: Oxfam
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A new Oxfam study found that the richest one tenth of the world’s population produces half of all carbon emissions. The poorest half generates the least pollution.

The richest 10% of the world’s people produce at least half the carbon emissions that are polluting the planet. As for the poorest half, it is responsible for merely 10% of the emissions. It is these poor people who live in fear of droughts and storms which might upset their lives and livelihoods. All of the hazards they face are caused by the elites of the global village.

The study was carried out at Oxfam. The richest individuals leave behind them a carbon footprint that is almost 11 times as big as that of the poorest people on earth. The latter are 3.5 billion in number thereby showing the level of misery and frustration of these masses stuck in their situation.

The talks in Paris will have to take this important point into consideration. It is indeed an eye opener. The major problem before the scads of leaders meeting in Paris is to find the wealth needed to fund more clean forms of energy for the sake of the developing nations.

Climate change is a hard fact that you cannot dodge no matter how hard you try. Economic inequality is also a fundamental feature of the modern world in case of both nations and the classes of individuals living within those nations.

They together form the twin challenges of the present time in history. The Paris Summit ought to be a starting point in the application of practical steps towards an amelioration of poverty and climatic pollution. Not only the rich but the poorest of the poor must be given the attention they deserve.

The biggest obstacle is the levels of emissions in developing countries. They are sky high as it is. So something must be done about this issue within the nick of time. Despite the difference, the emissions of China, Brazil, India and South Africa still remain way behind the developed and so-called advanced societies.

The consumption levels and pollution emissions in India and China are nowhere near the extreme consumerism and wastage found in the western world. The rich ought to show some courtesy towards the poor by at least reducing their carbon footprint.

The effects of global warming and high stress levels due to runaway pollution are already being felt. Just imagine how bad the situation will be by the end of this century. So precautionary measures must be taken while there is time. And nothing is ours but time.

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