Worst polluters

Published: Monday 15 October 2001

australians are the worst greenhouse gas (ghg) polluters in the industrialised world, a new analysis shows. Every Australian is responsible for 27.6 tonnes of ghg emitted, while every Indian is responsible for only about one tonne, the Australia Institute analysis showed. Furthermore, average Australian ghg emissions are 30 per cent higher than those of an average us citizen. Since 1995, Australia's emissions per person rose to 27.6 tonnes from 26.7, while the average for industrialised countries fell to 12.9 tonnes from 13.6. "Australia's emissions are so high because of the high levels of emissions from land clearing and agriculture. This is so despite our energy emissions per person being little below that of the us ," the institute stated. Another reason behind the increased emissions is the growing power sector.

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