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Published on December 20th, 2009 | by Susan Kraemer

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AP Interactive Map of Climate Emissions, Indications and Pledges

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December 20th, 2009 by  

A very beautifully designed interactive map via the AP Climate Pool shows which countries were naughty and which countries were nice when it comes to their greenhouse gas emissions, and also shows each nation’s pledges to do better in the future.

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As you hover over each of the bars on the right, you see the results. The first thing that jumped out at me was this result: for Russia.  What is your first thought when you see that Russian result?

I have to confess my ungenerous thought was – Thank God for the collapse of the Soviet Union! Imagine if things had been going gangbusters there since 1990, think how much worse things would be.

So, a big thank you is due to President Reagan! Let’s hope one Republican’s success in keeping greenhouse gases down in Russia serves as an inspiration to the current crop of Senate Republicans currently obstructing and boycotting clean energy bills.

Clearly Chernobyl had a huge effect too. Check out all those ex-soviet nations to the West. Joining the EU also helped them reduce emissions as they cleaned up those unregulated ex-soviet environmental disasters of factories. Many fascinating facts in this.

But the title for this graph is silly.

No doubt as temperatures keep on going up, next year we’ll have Copenhagen to blame. Then the year after that, we’ll blame the Mexico Accord, then the 2011 in Brazil. In the meantime Brazillions and Brazillions of people are joining the developed world every year, and not just in Brazil. That’s what’s driving temperatures up; not working out international agreements to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Kudos to the AP Climate Pool for their great Copenhagen reporting and for this wonderful tool.

Source: Twitter AP_ClimatePool

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writes at CleanTechnica, CSP-Today, PV-Insider , SmartGridUpdate, and GreenProphet. She has also been published at Ecoseed, NRDC OnEarth, MatterNetwork, Celsius, EnergyNow, and Scientific American. As a former serial entrepreneur in product design, Susan brings an innovator's perspective on inventing a carbon-constrained civilization: If necessity is the mother of invention, solving climate change is the mother of all necessities! As a lover of history and sci-fi, she enjoys chronicling the strange future we are creating in these interesting times.    Follow Susan on Twitter @dotcommodity.



  • http://www.rti.org/innovation Brent

    Hearing numbers and statistics on the news can drive certain beliefs. However, the talking heads tend to run together after awhile. The AP tool is incredible at showing a real, side by side comparison of our CO2 emissions.

    I particularly like the fact that the AP reports CO2 emissions on a per person bases. Even if America meets our goal of a 17% CO2 emissions reduction by 2020 we will still produce more than twice as much as most of the world.

    China may produce more CO2 overall, but we produce 4 times more CO2 on a per person bases.

    USA- 21.7 tons of CO2 per person each year

    China- 5 tons of CO2 per person each year

  • http://www.rti.org/innovation Brent

    Hearing numbers and statistics on the news can drive certain beliefs. However, the talking heads tend to run together after awhile. The AP tool is incredible at showing a real, side by side comparison of our CO2 emissions.

    I particularly like the fact that the AP reports CO2 emissions on a per person bases. Even if America meets our goal of a 17% CO2 emissions reduction by 2020 we will still produce more than twice as much as most of the world.

    China may produce more CO2 overall, but we produce 4 times more CO2 on a per person bases.

    USA- 21.7 tons of CO2 per person each year

    China- 5 tons of CO2 per person each year

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