(The Hill) — The richest 1 percent of the world’s population generates as much carbon emissions as the world’s poorest two-thirds, new research shows.
“The richest 1 percent of the world’s population produced as much carbon pollution in 2019 than the five billion people who made up the poorest two-thirds of humanity,” the new report by Oxfam said.
In 2019, the carbon emissions of the richest 1 percent made up 16 percent of the world’s total CO2 emissions, they found. The report found that the emissions from the 1 percent will cause an estimated 1.3 million heat-related deaths between 2020 and 2030.
“The super-rich are plundering and polluting the planet to the point of destruction, leaving humanity choking on extreme heat, floods and drought,” Oxfam International interim Executive Director Amitabh Behar said in a statement.
The report said that climate breakdown and inequality are locked in a vicious cycle, ultimately placing an undue burden on people in …