That 2020 Climate Transparency Report released in November 2020 as a collaboration between more than a dozen think tanks and nonprofits supported by the World Bank Group. The report examines national climate-friendly policies by G20 member countries, drawing data from Green Stimulus Index, Energy Policy Tracker, and other sources for analyzing 100 climate-related adaptation, mitigation, and finance indicators.
The 70-page study shows that the US should have reason enough to act on the climate even before the coronavirus. Between 1999 and 2018, climate disasters such as fires and floods in the US resulted in $ 51.6 billion in economic losses each year during that period. No other country has even come close to such a loss: The next on the list were China and India, which grossed $ 35 billion and $ 14 billion over the 19-year period, respectively.
High average annual losses over the period were punctuated by extremes, including the 2017 record when climate change triggered a disaster. cost US $ 306 billion. That year saw a terrible storm and forest fires break out materially worse by carbon pollution.
Even compared to other G20 countries, which are all major polluters and together account for 90% of all historical greenhouse gas emissions, the US is not conducting due diligence on the climate crisis. The country has the fourth highest per capita emissions of the elite. That is largely due to direct subsidies: “The US has provided more unconditional financial support to the fossil fuel sector than any other G20 country can provide to all energy sectors combined,” the report said.
As a result of all of these failures, perhaps not surprisingly, the US is not well on its way to fulfilling its miserable half-hearted commitments to the Paris Climate Agreement. Now, one might argue that this detail is relevant, because it was President Donald Trump who failed pull the United States out of the agreement. But even if we are that still part of the deal, the end result will be the same: the real deal is still just “the parties destination to reach the peak of global greenhouse gas emissions immediately“(My emphasis). And even that” goal “still depends on the discretion of each member country, without agreeing on a minimum surface temperature rise target to be achieved.
The day after my 30th birthday, the United Nations sponsored me to fly to Paris to report on the Climate Agreement. It is very cool! But this is what I wrote about my disappointment with the deal at the time:
While the historical importance of this collaboration is worth celebrating, it is also an easy distraction from… the more… less vibrant aspects of the climate agreement.
Imagine that the 195 countries involved in the agreement were 195 friends who all went out to dinner one night.
Now imagine the nightmare of trying to split the bill in 195 ways. The Democratic Republic of the Congo doesn’t want to buy the $ 300 bottle of wine the United States buys for the dinner table. And the Marshall Islands have two more pieces of squid than Brazil, so Brazil wants them to pay the difference. Then, of course, there’s the Monaco, which just gets a salad and yeah okay pays exactly what they eat plus the stingy tip, but they don’t take taxes and everyone wants them to split the cost of the entrees too. . And we haven’t even started with appetizers yet!
Let’s just say there are a lot of compromises involved. But hey, at least everyone’s having fun, right?
I try to stay positive then – “Hey, maybe humanity will truly act in good faith for the sake of the greater good for once! “But the US (especially, under the leadership of Donald Trump) Can’t even enforce the untied promise of a kind-of-the-might-try not to cornered yourself in kneecaps and dirt in our homes.
We’re just going to keep shooting ourselves as we dig deeper, ignoring the fact that we’re also in a world with other people.
Climate Change Has Hit The US Harder Than Other G20 Countries [Dharna Noor / Gizmodo]
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