" Boris Johnson said the UK would be one of the first to join the US-EU methane pledge, when it opens for more signatories at Cop26. He told a meeting of world leaders from major economies on Friday:
“Over the last 30 years the UK has cut emissions of methane by something like 60%. And there are good commercial uses for methane, you can use it to make fabrics, you can use it to make antifreeze. So the world could slash its output of this powerful greenhouse gas tomorrow if we wanted to.” "
" “We need a 45% cut in emissions by 2030 to reach carbon neutrality by mid-century,” U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told a virtual meeting of leaders from major economies hosted by U.S. President Joe Biden.
“The world is on a catastrophic pathway to 2.7 degrees (Celsius) of heating,” he added.
Some 113 countries including the United States and the European Union submitted updates to their emissions targets, also known as nationally determined contributions or NDCs, by the end of July. Their pledges would result in a 12% drop in emissions for those countries by the end of the decade — a figure that could more than double if some governments’ conditional pledges and assurances about aiming for carbon neutrality by 2050 are translated into action.
“That’s the positive side of the picture,” said U.N. climate chief Patricia Espinosa, whose office compiled the latest report. “The other one is more sobering.”
Dozens of countries, including major emitters such as China and India — the world’s No. 1 and No. 3 emitters respectively — failed to submit new pledges in time for the report. "
so, we made it, the result of our 'industrial revolutions', the 'smog' and everything included in fossils use. But we will blame it on those that first will meet the consequences. Because that is what the article does, without stating it. And we don't need to change, we just need a little more force to get control over the rest of earth assets, rare earths etc, before countries like China does.
Banning coal is relatively easy, a little like banning horse and cart for transportation. It's a play for the galleries. And easier the less you're reliant on it. Which also will give you your later blame games, with the time period for a ban very questionable too. Nothing to get bombastic about.
From 2018 " Home to half the world’s population, Asia accounts for three-fourths of global coal consumption today."
And China? Well, read the article. It fits so well, the new geopolitics, the 'pledges' and the behavior, doesn't it?
What makes it so increasingly stupid is the predictability of it all. From China's behavior to ours. It doesn't have to do with global warming, but it has, and will. And then we have your herd instincts, your patriotism, the water you swim in, and your indifference.
So what do you think will happen when China finds itself unable to fulfill its citizens expectations? And what do you think will happen with Afghanistan, Pakistan? I don't expect it possible to fulfill 'the American dream' anyway, but finding competition and geopolitics turning ugly in its own close terrtory, introducing nuclear subs etc, do you really think China will accept it? And what about Russia, also a neighbor.
then you can add droughts, floods, glaciers disappearance, starvation's, topsoil, water and groundwater. They will matter too.
It's not impossible that our richest industrial winners, sorry, nations will put under themselves a lot of those assets needed for keeping their current infra structures. Which means that they can pretend that it is 'business as usual'. And you can see the current geopolitics and f.ex the Arctic as preparations for that kind of behavior.
We have to remember that it also depends on infra structures, type of heavy industries, assets as f.ex hydro etc etc. And even about the statistics used. IPCC used statista as I understands it and so does the one about Sweden. =
Funny, you can't insert images any longer?
I'll let it be in the text, and see if it comes back. I'll just cite this instead. " At 4.5t CO2 per person, the average UK resident’s emissions are now roughly in line with the global average, as the chart below shows."
As well as the chart used by Carbonbrief places Spain just under 4t per capita instead of 6.09. and as both articles are recent, 2021, I will assume that they both cover the same time period, up to 2020.