Andrew Pendleton, from Christian Aid, on the UK's hidden carbon dioxide emissions
22nd February, 2007
Christian Aid this week released a report showing that, if account is taken of the UK's overseas investments, the country is responsible for as much as 15 per cent of global emissions of CO2. We asked Andrew Pendleton, the lead author of the research, where we go now.
Ecologist: The '2-per cent' myth - that the UK is responsible for only 2 per cent of global emissions - is pretty deeply entrenched, both in the public consciousness and in government policy. How easy will it be to dispel it?
Andrew: The solution to climate change has to reflect the world in which we live. So while we are not challenging the fact that the UK's domestic economy is responsible for 2.13 per cent of the global total of emissions of