In 1997 world leaders agreed (in the Kyoto Protocol) to work on reducing CO2 emission, the main cause for Climate Change. The level of CO2 released in 1990 was taken as the base line.
Today researchers of The Global Carbon Project and the University of East Anglia presented a report showing that this year (again) global emission from burning fuel has gone up 2.1%, and is now 61% higher than the baseline year of 1990. Something is obviously going wrong here.
This week governments are meeting in Warsaw (Poland) and will have to agree on how to reverse this trend rapidly. We are heading to a two degrees warm up of the world by 2020, if we don't change anything now. That still feels like a long time, but 2020 starts in just over 6 years! And even though two degrees doesn't sound much, it is more than enough to lead to massive problems, like an increase of "worst storms ever measured in modern life" like the recent one in the Philippines.
Today a new tool has been released showing exact what each country's emission is. I think for most people its not a surprise that China is the biggest contributor to fossil fuel emissions (27% in 2012). But noticing that the emission per person in China matches figures in the EU (7 tonnes in 2012) did make me realise that we are also still the problem and we all have to change our behaviour. (And readers in the US: just so you know: your average emission per person is 16 tonnes per year! So you need to change even a bit more and a bit faster than the Chinese and Europeans!)
Click here to calculate your carbon footprint and get tips on how to reduce it! The governments can set targets and rules but in the end we have to do it! So we better start if we still want to have a livable planet in 6 years time!