The richest one per cent of the global population are responsible for the same amount of carbon emissions as the world's poorest two-thirds, or five billion people, according to an analysis published Sunday by the nonprofit Oxfam International.
While fighting the climate crisis is a shared challenge, not everyone is equally responsible and government policies must be tailored accordingly, said Max Lawson, who co-authored the report.
"Climate Equality: A Planet for the 99%," was based on research compiled by the Stockholm Environment Institute. It examined the consumption emissions associated with different income groups up to the year 2019.
It was published as world leaders prepare to meet for climate talks at the COP28 summit in Dubai later this month. Fears are growing that limiting long-term warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius could soon be impossible to achieve.
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