By Simon Watson, Professor of Wind Energy at Loughborough ...
Further to an earlier post about Canada's poor environmental performance, here are some (slightly different) numbers on the top 10 worst CO2 emitting countries in the world. These are from the United Nations 2005 Human Development Report
The top 10 emitters, on a per capita basis, are:
1. Qatar 53.1 metric tonnes per person per year
2. Trinidad and Tobago 31.9
3. Bahrain 30.6
4. United Arab Emirates 25.1
British investors “have recognized the emergence of Canada's global energy powerhouse. Or as we put it, the emerging energy superpower our government intends to build.” – Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, in London, speaking to a British business audience on July 15, 2006
“As an efficient, reliable supplier, Australia has a massive opportunity to increase its share of global energy trade - with the right policies, we have the makings of an energy superpower.“ – Australian Prime Minister John Howard, in Sydney, speaking to an Australian economics forum, on July 17, 2006
Bush climate change policy 'unhelpful'
The Financial Times, June 23, 2006
A new British government adviser on climate change has hit out at the US for what he says is its unhelpful stance on global warming.
Saudi Arabia, which for years has thwarted all attempts to curb carbon emissions, gets religion.
Saudi Oil Firm Aramco Says Backs Greenhouse Gas CutPlanetark.org, May 23, 2006
DHAHRAN, Saudi Arabia - Saudi Arabia, the world's biggest oil exporter, signalled on Monday it would help the fight against global warming through research on cutting carbon dioxide emissions in the oil and gas industry.
The report also shows “the poor people in the world's most vulnerable communities will bear the brunt of the forecast 'future shock.” According to the report, “a staggering 182 milliion people om sub-Saharan Afric alone could die of disease directly attributable to climate change by the end of the century. Many millions more throughout the world face death and devastation due to climate-induced floods, famine, drought and conflict.”
“Later this week we will release
It is, woefully, no surprise whatsoever that Canada's Conservative government is considering joining the Asia Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate. As the Globe and Mail reported today, anti-Environment Minister Rona Ambrose is cuddling up to the U.S. policy position, saying “I've been looking at the Asia-Pacific Partnership for a number of months now because the key principles around the Asia Pacific Partnership are very much in line with where our government wants to go.”