The world's 50 least developed countries (LDCs) have contributed less than 1 one percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, but are reaping over 95 per cent of the impacts.
Here are those numbers are again:
50 LDCs + <1% ghgs =" ">95% of impacts
And here are those countries (in alphabetical order):
- Burkina Faso
- Cape Verde
- Central African Republic
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Equatorial Guinea
- Lao People's Democratic Republic
- Sao Tome and Principe
- Sierra Leone
- Solomon Islands
- United Republic of Tanzania
Check this UN webpage for the list of criteria for inclusion. Note the recommendation that the Maldives "graduate" from LDC status — I wonder if the fact that their country is disappearing due to global climate disruption and sea level rise will influence that decision.
Please visit Global Islands Network for information on all the small island nations that are disappearing.
My heart goes out to these countries and these people. Imagine this kind of poverty and lack of development exacerbated by the impacts of global warming. Once again, there but for the grace of the Universe go I.