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Is there a North-South carbon divide?

Despite some of the world’s hottest temperatures and the some of the worst wildfires on record, in numerous regions around the world this year, climate change still remains a divisive issue. But there is a marked difference in the level of contribution to climate change from country to country and region to region. This divide is at its most stark when comparing the extremely high levels of greenhouse gas emission of the more developed northern nations, to the much lower levels of emissions from the poorer global south. To what extent will this difference in contribution to climate change affect the tackling of the issue moving forward? Will we see a North-South ‘carbon divide’ that will significantly influence the fight against climate change?
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Even economically the North-South divide doesn't make much sense and is of little significance, and in this comparison to climate change the idea is just another oversimplification of an incredibly nuanced issue. China especially has complicated the classic divide of visualising global economic divides with their massive amount of economic growth, as has oil in the Middle East, high wealth in Brazil and high human development in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay. In this way globalisation has helped to puncture this economic global North-South divide and massive global infrastructure spending such as China’s belt and road initiative, along with other international investment schemes from the IMF, World Bank, WTO, and UN bodies, are making this divide less significant. As carbon production is intrinsically linked to industrial and economic factors a carbon North-South divide will also be of diminishing significance moving forward.

tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01436597.2013.802505 academic.oup.com/oxrep/article-abstract/31/2/242/2452807 tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01436599913523

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This divide isn’t limited to who is responsible for climate change but has already affected developing nations of the global south to a greater extent, with climatic shifts tending to affect tropical and semi-tropical zones the worst. But responsibility for production remains a significant factor, with developed nations being responsible for on average five times the amount of emissions than developing countries. With the developed world being the main basic cause of climate change, fighting climate change only makes sense if these richer nations pick up most of the burden, but in increasingly divided times gaining political consensus for such measures remains a major hurdle to dealing with climate change. Ultimately the biggest producers are going to have to make the biggest reductions, and communicating that over such deep chasms seems to be one of the worlds biggest problems moving forward.

theguardian.com/commentisfree/cif-green/2009/oct/01/climate-change-debate-copenhagen

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