1%, with income over $145,000, drove 15% of emissions whereas the poorest 50% generated just 7% of emissions, a study by Oxfam in collaboration Stockholm Environment Institute reported.
Prone to driving SUV CARS and big spending, the richest one per cent of the world's population produced twice as many planet-heating emissions as the poorest half of humanity over the last quarter-century, researchers said. Frequent flying by the rich exacerbates the problem.
That excessive consumption has left little room in the world's "carbon budget" for poorer countries to grow without pushing the planet into increasingly dangerous climate impacts, from worsening storms to water shortages, scientists said.
Richest 10 per cent must slash emissions by 90 per cent, says the report.
A six-month PETA undercover investigation into the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center (WNPRC)—which keeps nearly 2,000 monkeys in barren steel cages and bleak windowless rooms—found that highly intelligent animals were being neglected, driven mad by extreme long-term confinement, and attacked by their traumatized cagemates.
A group of researchers, led by the Center for Biodiversity at the University of London, looked at data from 6,801 ecological communities from six continents. They found that animals known to carry pathogens that can infect humans were more common in landscapes intensively used by people.
Jeans have long been under the radar due to their large consumption of water. The UN estimates that it takes 3,781 liters of water to make a pair of jeans, from the production of the cotton to the delivery of the final product to the store. That means the emissions of 33.4 kilograms of carbon equivalent — making jeans have one of the larger footprints in the fashion industry.
The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) estimates that 35% of the life cycle carbon from a typical office development is emitted even before the building is complete. The figure is even more for residential premises., calculated at 51%. This suggests it will take decades for new buildings to pay back their carbon debt.