The Conversation Unintentionally Makes the Case for Fossil Fuels

Watts Up With That?

Energy use per capita (kilograms of oil equivalent per annum) vs Climate Spend per Capita (GBP) Energy use per capita (kilograms of oil equivalent per annum) vs Climate Spend per Capita (GBP)

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

The Conversation complains that rich cities are spending more money than poor cities on climate adaption. The Conversation wants wealthy countries to provide climate cash transfers to poor countries; instead, they have inadvertently made the case for a very different course of action.

Cities across the world are increasingly at risk from climate change. People living in extreme poverty are especially vulnerable, both because global warming will tend to hit developing countries the hardest, and because they have less money to throw at the problem.

We used newly-available data to investigate how cities are responding to climate change and whether resources are being allocated efficiently or fairly. We expected there to be differences in spending between rich and poor. But we did not expect them to be so vast…

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