Tehran, Dec 2, IRNA - Regional Manager of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Saeed Ferdowsi said on Sunday that according to a report released by UNEP during 2007-2008, the United States of America ranked first while Iran ranked 13th in terms of emission of carbon dioxide.
Speaking to reporters, he said based on latest statistics China, Russia, India, Japan, Germany, Canada, Britain, South Korea, Italy, Mexico and South Africa ranked 2nd to 12th respectively in the list.
Poor countries have the least emission of carbon dioxide on the Earth while suffering the worst ecological consequences, Ferdowsi said.
When global heating bring climate change in Horn of Africa, it means that the agro products would not be produced and people would remain hungry, he pointed out.
Rich countries possessing 15 percent of the world's populations emit about half of the globe carbon dioxide, he said.
To avoid consequences of dangerous climate change, the affluent countries should reduce emission of carbon dioxide by at least 30 percent before the year 2020, he said.
Climate change is a natural phenomenon and no single country can resist it, he said, adding that the only cure to it would be a collective measures by all countries, he pointed out.
Green house gasses leave equal impacts on all countries around the globe irrespective of its source, he underlined.
Production of green house gasses in one country brings climate change to another country, Ferdowsi concluded.
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