I generated this graph on Prof Hans Rosling’s Gapminder.org site.
The data shows, somewhat surprisingly that the increase in carbon emissions in countries like Ireland and the US from 1975 to 2002 are not in any way mirrored by any increases in China or India.
In the recent Bali talks (and the Kyoto talks before that) the US held up the developing countries as major polluters and refused to sign Kyoto (and created all kinds of fuss at Bali) because of the amounts of pollution being emitted by developing countries.
This is obviously delaying tactics for Bush’s friends in the oil business in Texas and Saudi. The US Ambassador to Ireland conceded that China may exceed the US’s total emissions in 2008. Compare the income per capita between the US and China again and even if Chinese total emissions do exceed the US in 2008, they are still far less polluting per capita than the US.
And the Chinese were looking for a stronger agreement at Bali than the US.
The sooner Bush and his oil cronies are out of office, the sooner we can move on with trying to clean up the planet.
As Chair of the organising committee for this year’s it@cork Technology in Business Conference, I’m delighted to announce that the program has been announced and registrations are now open.
The conference is on the 28th of November in the Radisson, Little Island. This year’s theme is Connect and Innovate and we have a spectacular line-up of speakers including
- Hans Rosling, who’s presentation at the Le Web conference last year was the best I have ever attended, bar none
- Graham Whitehead (the renowned futurologist who works for BT Exact, the research arm of BT), and
Anthony Williams, co-author of the award winning, bestselling business book Wikinomics.
Early registrants will have their name entered into a draw for free copies of Wikinomics.
One of the revelations for me of the Le Web 3 conference was hearing Prof. Hans Rosling‘s presentation.
Everyone I spoke to mentioned his talk as being the highpoint of the event.
I checked out Gapminder.org, the site he mentioned where you can access all the data he presented and it is incredible. The interactive charts there are astounding.
Here is a screenshot of Ireland’s health versus its wealth from 1960 to 2003. Notice how Ireland’s health fails to improve from 1994 onwards despite significant growth in wealth.
The two countries at the top of the healthcare leagues (as measured here by % childcare survival to age 5) are Sweden and Singapore.
An early, less polished version of the presentation Prof Rosling gave at Le Web (the one he gave at the TED conference) is available here.