What countries have reduced their greenhouse gas emissions?
- Russia's emissions dropped rapidly in the early 90s due
to an economic collapse with the fall of the USSR.
- France's emissions dropped in the 70s-80s as it switched
to nuclear power after the Arab oil embargo.
- Britain's emissions dropped in the 80s-90s as it
switched from coal to gas for economic reasons and because of the
miners' strikes as well as to cut smog.
- No countries have managed to cut emissions as a result
of a deliberate policy to combat climate change.
There is also a strong argument that Western countries where
emissions have fallen or grown slowly (especially Britain and the
US) have really been exporting their emissions with their
manufacturing industries to developing countries like China, where
emissions have been rising fast.