New interactive map shows Kyoto nations’ greenhouse gas emissions

A new interactive map shows how the nations that have signed the Kyoto Protocol are proceeding with their programmes of carbon dioxide emission reductions.


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The map has been developed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) information centre based in Norway, GRID-Arendal, and presents data and statistics collected by international institutions in order to evaluate the current state of emissions and projections for the future. The data is available both as total emissions for each country, or per capita, and uses graphs of emissions over a 20 year period showing the reduction from each country’s predicted emissions that is required in order to meet the Kyoto commitment.

For example, the map shows that Iceland needs to reduce its predicted emissions by 19.2% in order to reach the Kyoto target, and that the country is currently achieving this goal. Bulgaria needs to reduce its predicted carbon dioxide emissions by 18.1%, but is actually emitting approximately only two thirds of the target amount.

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