But how big a "sinner" is the UK, compared to the rest of the world? Let's take a look.
The countries in the table below (click to enlarge) are responsible for three-quarters of gobal emissions, and (coincidentally, or not) the same proportion of nominal GDP:
Let's graph some of the relationships. At 1.47% of the global total, the UK's emissions put it eleventh in the list:
You might expect some of the above because of differences in population numbers. But per person, we're still eleventh in the list:
Understood, nations have different patterns of energy use - and different mixes of energy source.
Perhaps we should look at the relationship between carbon emissions and GDP? Here's what we get when we divide column B by column G:
That puts us in fifteenth place. Maybe it's to do with how the importance of the service sector has increased in the mature (or declining) Western economies.
So far, I can't see a way to stack up the figures that proves why we should lead the way in reducing emissions. Perhaps Rose is right in linking the move to skillful - and dangerous - lobbying and PR.
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