US and Europe behind majority of global ecological damage, says study

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Date of Publication: April 6

Year of Publication: 2022

Publication City: London, UK

Publisher: The Guardian

Author(s): Arthur Neslen

Groundbreaking report is first to assign responsibility for damage caused by 160 countries in past 50 years

The US and Europe are responsible for the majority of global ecological damage caused by the overuse of natural resources, according to a groundbreaking study.

The paper is the first to analyse and assign responsibility for the ecological damage caused by 160 countries over the last half-century.

It finds that the US is the biggest culprit, accounting for 27% of the world’s excess material use, followed by the EU (25%), which included the UK during the analysis period. Other rich countries such as Australia, Canada, Japan and Saudi Arabia were collectively responsible for 22%.

While China overshot its sustainability limit to claim 15% of resource overuse, the poorer countries of the global south were en masse responsible for just 8%, the analysis found.

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