The average Briton has already produced more CO2 in 2007 than the average Kenyan will all year, according to a report published this week.

The Climate Calendar report aims to draw attention to the fact that the world’s poorest countries – such as Chad or Afghanistan – produce almost zero carbon emissions but will suffer most from the drought, floods and disease climate change is likely to produce.

“The poorest countries in the world, with 738 million people, make effectively no contribution to climate change, but it is those same people who face the worst consequences.

“160,000 people are already dying every year due to climate change related diseases and billions will face drought, floods, starvation and disease,” said Benedict Southworth, director of the World Development Movement poverty campaign group behind the report.

Goska Romanowicz

Action inspires action. Stay ahead of the curve with sustainability and energy newsletters from edie