Last week we shared an article from The Guardian with an excerpt of a book by Alice Bell looking at the history of climate change over the past 60 years. This week we are sharing a study conducted by Monterey Bay Aquarium that illustrates the disparity between which countries are responsible for the most carbon emissions and which countries are seeing the biggest effects.
Carbon emissions are responsible for trapping heat within our atmosphere, but the study shows, "90% of the human-generated emissions that cause climate change come from just 8% of the planet’s surface" and "more than half of the Earth’s landmass will experience extreme warming by the end of the 21st century". So while the emissions causing climate change are concentrated the impact is widespread.
Figure 2 from the published study. Aquarium scientists found significant disparities between areas releasing the most heat-trapping emissions and the places projected to experience the most severe warming caused by those emissions. Red shows areas contributing comparatively few greenhouse emissions while experiencing more severe warming. Blue represents areas emitting far more emissions, yet experiencing relatively less warming. (Photo: Van Houtan et al. 2021)
No surprise that industrial regions such as Western Europe, northeastern North America, and the Arabian Gulf are responsible for emitting the most carbon emissions, but countries across Africa and Central Asia are experiencing the greatest disruptions. The disparity is evident within the United States as well , "Most greenhouse emissions in the U.S. originate in the more industrialized northeast corridor, but most of the impacts of those emissions show up in the west — where land temperatures are increasing most notably in Alaska, South Dakota, Idaho, and Montana." The study illustrates the climate change inequalities between cause and effect and highlights that necessary change can only occur on a global scale if we are to stabilize the planets climate.
Think it is odd that an aquarium would conduct this type of research? The study goes on to note that the ocean absorbs 93% of the heat from climate change and the ramifications of that are huge. We dig deeper into that issue next week. For more read the full Monterey Bay Aquarium study published by Science Advances here. Scroll down to our Inspiring Reads section for recommendations on climate change and effects on our supply chain.
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