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The current 10 percent poverty rate in Georgia could be brought to zero, if the country's richest person, Bidzina Ivanishvili, would donate half his assets of USD 5.2 billion.
The 41 percent poverty rate of Swaziland's population of 1.3 million people could be brought to zero, if the country's richest citizen, Nathan Kirsh, would donate half of his wealth of USD 3.9 billion.
In the Philippines, 12 percent of the country's population of 100 million live below the poverty line. This rate could be reduced to 3 percent, if the richest Filipino, Henry Sy, would give away half of his fortune of USD 14 billion.
In India, where 12 percent of the country's population of 1.3 billion live in poverty. If the country's richest person, Mukesh Ambani, would bestow half his wealth of USD 21 billion, the poverty rate could be cut to only 10 percent. But if all 90 of India's billionaires would join, poverty could be eliminated.
China, where, like in most countries, today's poverty rate is already much lower than in the past due to decades of strong economic growth; therefore at present, only 3 percent of the 1.3 billion Chinese live in poverty. This rate could be cut by one-third, to 2 percent, if China's richest citizen, real estate tycoon Wang Lianjin, would give away half his fortune of USD 24.2 billion. Poverty in China would be eliminated if all 213 of China's billionaires would donate half of their accumulated wealth of USD 565 billion. Moreover, USD 258 billion would be left over.
But better still, why not expropriate all of those billionaires. After all, their wealth comes from the theft of our collective labour.
Monday, March 07, 2016
Scientists from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg in Sweden are calling for a 50% reduction in European beef consumption to help tackle climate change effects explaining that if European consumers reduced their beef consumption it would help the EU reach its 2050 climate change targets. They say that the EU can reach its target of limiting climate change to 2°C by 2050 if beef consumption in Europe reduced by 50%. The research paper says that beef production in the EU accounts for 36% of greenhouse gas emissions and 48% of both methane and nitrous oxide emissions from the total European agri-food sector.
Comparatively, the study estimates the production of dairy products such as milk, butter and cheese to account for 23% of greenhouse gas emissions and 28% of emissions for both methane and nitrous oxide from the total European agri-food sector. Pork production accounts for 7.2% of greenhouse gas emissions and 8.5% of methane and nitrous oxide emissions, while poultry production accounts for 2.7% of greenhouse gas emissions and just 2.2% of methane and nitrous oxide emissions
As such, the study recommends that if European consumers were to reduce their beef consumption it would help tackle climate change. It says that pork and poultry consumption could remain at similar levels while dairy consumption can also remain at current levels but changes in the processing technology will be needed in order to reduce emissions levels