LASER TALK: Carbon Inequality in the G20 Nations

Laser Talk: Carbon Inequality in the G20 Nations

In December 2015 at the Paris Agreement, Oxfam presented their paper on Extreme Carbon Inequality.

As one can see in the graph above in G20 countries for which they had data, the per capita GHG emissions for the richest top 10% households in every country were well above average. Whereas on the flip side, the bottom 50% and bottom 40% of households GHG emissions were below average. This explains why the carbon pricing program of carbon fee and dividend (also known as climate income), where we have data (USA, Australia, and Canada) on average ⅔ of households come out ahead. 

Most countries have similar income distributions. You can use Wolfram Alpha to determine your country’s income distribution pattern and Gini Index relative to Australia, Canada, and the USA and then infer that the results would be anticipated to be similar.