While the odds seem to be against any substantial narrowing of the gap between the views of India and China and the US on carbon emissions at the G-8 Hokkaido meet this week, a new report throws fresh light on their relative responsibilities in mitigating the risks of climate change.
As The Independent, UK, reports, a new study by the Stockholm Environment Institute, produced for the British government—the Defra report—points out how the Western world’s carbon footprint must weigh in the emissions produced in developing countries as they make goods for its consumption.
For instance, the report finds that with fuller accounting, instead of a 5% decline since 1992, Britain’s emissions rose by 18%.
That is a telling statistic. But George W. Bush will continue to wax eloquent on how India and China must commit to cuts before the US does anything. They will, therefore, do well to drive negotiations based on how the polluting industries that migrated to the developing countries cater to a major chunk of the West’s demand.