A study from the Boston College reports that carbon emissions in the US are higher in states where income more highly concentrated among wealthy residents. The researchers, Andrew Jorgenson and Juliet Schor, correlated the relationship between income inequality and carbon emissions in their study.
They based their data on those released in 2012, which showed that carbon emissions correlate with the income share of the top 10 portion of the state’s population. In the US, Texas leads the list with 812,325 to 934,174 metric tons of carbon emitted.
In 2015, British charity Oxfam said that 10 percent of the world’s wealthiest people produce half of fossil fuel emissions. It recorded that among the wealthiest one percent emits 175 more carbon than those who are on the world’s poor bracket.
In a study presented at the IPCC Cities and Climate Change Science Conference in Edmonton, Canada last March, the world’s biggest cities produced 60 percent more carbon footprint. The study also estimated the carbon emissions for food, clothing, electronics, air travel, construction materials, and others consumed by residents.
Meanwhile, in the US, 12 metric tons of carbon dioxide are produced by driving cars. Lutz Sager, the researcher, said that for every dollar spent on gas creates 3.7 kilograms of carbon dioxide emissions.
Edmonton mayor Don Iveson said that whatever people purchase must be part of their efforts to reduce emission. He added that “smarter purchasing, buying local, and reducing waste” contributes to lessening consumption emission.
Countries are also starting to take action regarding the alarming situation. Paris focused on tourism, where they said that travelers could use the train to reduce emissions caused by air travel and also encouraged residents to change from eating meat to going green. Meanwhile, Stockholm asked developers to estimate their emissions from construction materials.