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Paris Report Cards by Country

Shafeeka Hafeez
4 min readNov 3, 2019

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And Global Penalties

We all know that the Paris Climate Agreement is soon becoming one of the biggest failures of our time.

None of the big polluters, despite their pledges and PR campaigns, are on track to keep global temperatures rising 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.

Crossing this threshold also means there’s no going back. We’ll be stuck in a screwed-up planet, waiting for Elon to colonize Mars.

But, just how bad is it really?

If not 1.5°C, then what’s the next possible target?

Given that there’s only a 0.5% chance of you being from The Gambia or Morocco, your country’s Paris report card looks something like this.

The Gambia and Morocco are thus far the only countries that can brag about their Paris report cards. Their efforts have been rated by the Climate Action Tracker as “compatible” with the Paris Climate Agreement. That’s only a step away from being rated as a “role model.”

Yet, ironically, their carbon footprints aren’t footprints at all.

Because:

Only 15 Countries are Responsible for Over 70% of Global Carbon Emissions

Fifteen countries are responsible for more than two thirds of global CO2 emissions. (Source: Visual Capitalist)

This was based on a report published in 2017.

That same year, a climate risk assessment told a different story.

Screenshot via Global Climate Risk Index 2019.

A quick comparison shows how none of the mega polluters have made it into the list.

None of them were as affected as these countries.

Such is the unfairness of climate change.

You can see my country right at the top, second only to Puerto Rico. We, collectively with 179 others, belong to the…

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Shafeeka Hafeez

I write about startups building a more sustainable world | #SolveDifferent