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British empire’s past emissions ‘double UK’s climate responsibility

The UK is responsible for almost twice as much global heating as previously thought when its colonial history is taken into account, analysis has revealed. The UK’s domestic emissions account for 3% of total world emissions dating back to 1850. But when responsibility for emissions in countries once under the British empire’s rule is given to the UK, the figure rises to more than 5%.https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/nov/26/british-empire-past-emissions-double-uk-climate-responsibility-data-shows

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  • George Kariuki

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    The findings highlight the importance of acknowledging and rectifying historical inequalities in the distribution of climate impacts and responsibilities.

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    • Kevin

      20 w

      The UK needs to triple its efforts in the handling of this

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      • Gorffly mokua

        20 w

        This is alarming! Quick interventions needed Asap!

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        • Princess

          20 w

          This needs for comprehensive assessments

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          • Princess

            20 w

            This needs for comprehensive assessments

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            • Rukia Ahmed Abdi

              20 w

              This analysis revealing that the UK's historical emissions, when accounting for its colonial past, contribute to almost double the global heating previously estimated, adds a significant dimension to the country's climate responsibility. The acknowledgment that the UK's domestic emissions, which account for 3% of total world emissions since 1850, rises to over 5% when including emissions from former colonies, underscores the interconnectedness of historical actions and current climate challenges.

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              • Abraham Jok Atem

                20 w

                UK must double their efforts in tackling this issue of global heating

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                • Elizabeth Gathigia

                  20 w

                  @abraham_jok_atem I totally agree, UK should pull up its socks

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