Confronting Carbon Inequality

Putting climate justice at the heart of the COVID-19 recovery

Paper author: 
Tim Gore
Paper publication date: 
Monday, September 21, 2020

Despite sharp falls in carbon emissions in 2020 linked to the COVID-19 pandemic, the climate crisis – which is driven by the accumulation of emissions in the atmosphere over time – continued to grow.

This briefing describes new research that shows how extreme carbon inequality in recent decades has brought the world to the climate brink. It sets out how governments must use this historic juncture to build fairer economies within the limits our planet can bear.