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Study Suggests Wealthy Could Be Key To Solving The Climate Crisis

Last year half the world's emissions came from just 700 million people. Economists suggest that the wealthiest individuals are most to blame.

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A recent Princeton study found that more than half of the world's emissions come from only 700 million people.

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A new study suggests that to curb emissions and fight climate change, the best course of action might be to strictly follow the world’s wealthiest individuals who have been previously identified as being indifferent to the climate issues we all face.

In fact, a recent Princeton study says that more than half of the world’s emissions come from only 700 million people, and there is a growing movement to put a cap on these emissions.

The wealthiest individuals (and their over-indulgent behavior) would likely be the first to go over such a cap, and thus have to pay the price (likely in some form of a tax or penalty).

Read More:

  • It’s Hard to be Green When You’re Rich (TreeHugger)
  • Half of the World’s Emission Came from Just 700 Million People (Economist’s View)
  • New Climate Strategy: Track the World’s Wealthiest (Reuters)
  • Focus on Rich People of All Nations First: New Carbon Emission Reduction Method Proposed (TreeHugger)
Cory Barker

Cory Barker is a summer intern for Earth Eats and senior IU student from Hartford City, Indiana. He is double majoring in journalism and communication and culture with a minor in business.

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