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Subject: Australians Numero Uno in Carbondioxide emission per person
YelliChink    9/12/2009 4:10:58 PM Australians the 'world's worst polluters' The report relies on US Energy Department data to highlight the risks business would face in Australia under a global emissions trading scheme. UK risk assessment company Maplecroft has puts Australia at the very top of the chart when it comes to per capita emissions of CO2. Maplecroft finds Australia's heavy reliance on coal makes for an average output of 20.58 tonnes of C02 per person per year, compared to 19.78 tonnes in the USA. China, which recently overtook the US as the world's biggest greenhouse gas emitter overall, has a per capita average of about 4.5 tonnes per person. ============================================================= Keep up the good work down there. There is no summer in Chicago area this year.
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Nanheyangrouchuan       9/12/2009 5:29:49 PM
All of that beer production and
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Aussiegunneragain    Yelli   9/12/2009 6:58:58 PM

Keep up the good work down there. There is no summer in Chicago area this year.

Where I live we are about as close to the ski slopes as to the beach. I don't like skiing but wouldn't mind the beach being a bit closer, so global warming is fine by me.
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Volkodav       9/12/2009 9:18:16 PM
It mostly comes down to our geography requiring us to have a big countries infrastructure to service a small countries population.
If we had a larger population or a smaller land mass the figures would be better.
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brizzydude       9/13/2009 7:56:01 PM
He's right...  In rough figures, can you imagine having the population of new york scattered across the area of the entire CONUS ?
And, no matter where you are on that land mass, you can still access well paved roads, quality health care, reasonably priced goods, etc.  That all costs a mint in infrastructure and service.
It's simple things like public transport - you need a large population centre to support efficient urban rail (or similar) and we simply don't have those large blobs.
Don't get me wrong - there is a lot of room for improvement down here but our geography plays a large part of defining our baseline energy consumption and CO2 emmisions.
I'd guess that the best performers would be city states like Singapore with short transportation distances and high population density. Maybe a better measure would include some offset due to circumstances like geography......  hmmmm.
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