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Friday September 11, 2015

The US Owes The World $4 Trillion For Trashing The Climate

Based on data from a study published in Nature Climate Change, the US’s climate debt supposedly totals in the trillions of dollars.

There are 250 billion tons of carbon debt accumulated since 1990, Matthews figures, so that amounts to $10 trillion. Yes, trillionآ—$10 trillion that polluting industrial nations owe climate creditor nations like India, China, and Nigeria who have stayed under their carbon budgets. (In the case of China, it won’t be for long.) Seeing as how the US is responsible for 40 percent of those emissionsآ—or 1 billion tonsآ—it would owe $4 trillion.