Stop blaming India and China for the West’s 300 years of environmental depredation – Steffen Bohm

Bharata Bharati

2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in ParisActivists wear masks depicting world leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in Paris (2015)

Steffen Bohm“So there are more than 300 years of massive fossil fuel burning by the so-called West to account for. And while this historical responsibility still played a significant role at Kyoto in 1997—resulting in emissions cuts that were only legally binding for industrialised countries—it has gradually been pushed into the background. Now in Paris it seems almost forgotten. But the fact that about 80% of historical carbon emissions have to be attributed to the developed countries cannot simply be wished away.” – Prof Steffen Böhm

United Nations Climate Change Conference 2015Even if the world celebrates a Paris climate deal on December 11, the process will still have to be regarded as failure. Let me explain why.

The basic reason is that the unequal distribution of carbon emissions is not even on its agenda. The historical responsibility of the West is not on the table, nor is a method of national carbon accounting that looks at how the…

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