Population: 2.57 million (2016)
GDP per capita: 60,000 USD
Carbon Emissions: 45.4 metric tons per capita
Paris Climate Agreement: Ratified
Number of MPS students: 1
The CO2 usage skyrocketed in 1963. The CO2 per capita emissions in 1962 was 3.3 metric tons. In 1963 that number jumped to 99.4 metric tons. The CO2 emissions levels have dropped since then. Currently the amount of per capita CO2 emissions in 2014 is 45.4 metric tons. Qatar’s economy is heavily dependent on oil and gas. Qatar’s leads in producing liquefied natural gas and crude oil.
This chart shows the energy usage of Qatar compared to other middle eastern countries. 99.5% of Qatar relies on fossil fuels. Qatar consumes the second most amount of energy per capita after Iceland. Qatar’s per capita emissions are the highest in the world 3 times larger than the US. Qatar is known as the safest country out of 171 countries for national disasters. There have been little natural disasters that have been accounted for. “Living in relative luxury in Qatar, it is sometimes possible to feel removed from the consequences of climate change. But the harsh truth is that this small peninsula is as vulnerable as it gets. It suffers from a scarcity in drinkable water and local food supply with an average annual rainfall of only 82 mm.” “According to recent reports, Qatar is getting close to opening its long-delayed 200-megawatt solar tender. Qatar currently has a stated goal of installing 10 gigawatts (GW) of solar power capacity by 2030; the 200 MW solar tender represents just a portion of the installations expected over the coming years, but is still a noteworthy quantity. Qatar, as part of its environmental commitment and sustainable development, is turning to renewable sources of energy such as solar power, with initiatives already underway.”
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