Eco-Footprints of Nations

New research examines the environmental impact of wealthy nations on middle and poor income nations as well as the reverse. Thara Srinivasan of the Pacific Ecoinformatics and Computational Ecology Lab (PEaCE) finds that the cost of the damage done by wealthy nations to poor nations exceeds the amount of their debts. Environmental impact was measured by looking at a number of factors including climate change, ozone depletion, and deforestation. The original research article was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). A Science News article about it can be found here and full-text of the PNAS article can be accessed through PEaCE's publication page.