West’s consumption of imports must be counted in its carbon footprint

Introductory comments Western media commentators most commonly use annual carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions per country to describe carbon output, but this is a very misleading way to identify the actual dynamics behind carbon emissions. As China is the most populous nation, it is no surprise that this approach lends itself to painting China as the “bad player”. Many experts believe that China, whose emissions are high in part because it produces goods that are used by people all over the world, should be measured differently. For example, the difference between  CO2 used in production vs. consumption in the United States is … Continue reading West’s consumption of imports must be counted in its carbon footprint