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Comparison of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Per Capita Per Year Among Countries Considering Methane Emissions
Earth Sciences
Volume 9, Issue 5, October 2020, Pages: 219-226
Received: Aug. 21, 2020; Accepted: Sep. 15, 2020; Published: Oct. 27, 2020
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Zhang Yu, Statistical and Accounting Research Department, National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation (NCSC), Beijing, China
Su Mingshan, National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation (NCSC), Beijing, China
Yang Shanshan, Statistical and Accounting Research Department, National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation (NCSC), Beijing, China
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Abstract
The cumulative emissions of CO2 and CH4 had a great impact on the global climate, and the responsibility of countries around the world to achieve greenhouse gas (GHG) emission control goals should be based on the concept of fairness and sustainable development. In this paper, from the perspective of interpersonal equity, based on the annual GHG emissions per capita, using the CO2 and CH4 emissions data of 23 major countries from 1961 to 2017, the ratio for GHG emission per capita per year and the ratio for carbon dioxide emission per capita per year in various countries were calculated with 1961 and 1990 as the starting years, the countries were also sequenced and sorted to analyze the extent to which major countries occupy limited global emissions space at different time scales and GHG ranges. The results showed that the ratio of GHG emission per capita per year in developed countries such as the United States and Canada were far higher than the world average, China was significantly lower than the average, India was much lower than the average. In addition, lengthening the time scale and incorporating the methane emissions from the planting and breeding industry (agriculture activities) had a significant impact on the the ratio of GHGemission per capita and national classification. It can be more conducive to judge the world's average annual GHG emissions, reflect the global emission space occupied by each countries comprehensively and objectively, and scientifically support policymakers in formulating action plan for GHGemission reduction and control, which was of practical significance.
Keywords
GHG Emissions Space Use Ratio, Emission Per Capita Per Year, Carbon Emissions, Methane Emissions from Agriculture
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Zhang Yu, Su Mingshan, Yang Shanshan, Comparison of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Per Capita Per Year Among Countries Considering Methane Emissions, Earth Sciences. Vol. 9, No. 5, 2020, pp. 219-226. doi: 10.11648/j.earth.20200905.18
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