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Analysis by country of fossil fuel burning-based Carbon Debt and Carbon Credit

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In relation to carbon pollution from the burning of fossil fuels, Net Carbon Debt is equal to the Historical Carbon Debt (from fossil fuel burning since the start of the Industrial Revolution in circa 1750) minus the Carbon Credit (the residual carbon pollution from fossil fuel burning permitted between now and zero emissions in 2050). Bauer , “ Improved Attribution of Climate Forcing to Emissions ” and Shindell et al (2009), Fig.2 ).

UNU-IAS Reports and Policy Briefs

The Green Changemakers

In this sense, transitioning from the traditional “brown” economy to a greener economy could be achieved by reducing resource and energy consumption in cities through improving the key components of the urban economic process. This report addresses the question why these innovations - despite their large potential to reduce emissions, ocean energy alone could cover the world's electricity needs - have not yet reached the stage of mass commercialization.