The absurdity of it all

“Cuts in carbon [dioxide emissions] by developed countries since 1990 have been cancelled out many times over by increases in imported goods from developing countries such as China, according to the most comprehensive global figures ever compiled.  …

[T]he latest research, published on Monday, provides the first global view of how international trade altered national carbon footprints during the period of the Kyoto protocol.  …

According to standard data, developed countries can claim to have reduced their collective emissions by almost 2% between 1990 and 2008. But once the carbon cost of imports have been added to each country, and exports subtracted – the true change has been an increase of 7%. If Russia and Ukraine – which cut their CO2 emissions rapidly in the 1990s due to economic collapse – are excluded, the rise is 12%.”  “Carbon cuts by developed countries cancelled out by imported goods

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2 Responses to “The absurdity of it all”

  1. archaeopteryx Says:

    Next item on the agenda, a carbon duty on Chinese and other Asian products. May take some time out where you are, but in “Europe”… Trust the Germans to have their cake and eat it too.

  2. business Says:

    But the truth is that those services as many others have been outsourced to developing countries such as India and China. And if the Ukraine and Russia are left out due to their economical struggles during the 90s the rates are actually at 12 percent..These facts have been collected and evaluated by the Centre for International Climate and Environmental Research in Oslo Norway..The issues that have been mentioned make clear that it is not enough that the Kyoto protocol restricts carbon emissions on a territorial basis because then developed countries will make use of the great possibilities that outsourcing offers.

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