It is periodically said that the increase in the duration of human life will lead to overpopulation of the planet. But the matter is not only in the lack of food or drinking resources, but also in the so-called “greenhouse effect”, which theoretically can have a detrimental effect on the climate.
This was recently announced by an international group of scientists from Norway, China and Japan. The results of the study were published in the journal Nature Climate Change.
Old people rule
In the post-war era, from 1946 to 1964, the so-called baby boom was observed in developed countries, when there was an increased birth rate. Today, people aged 60 and over account for almost a third of greenhouse gas emissions, experts say. This was shown by an analysis of such emissions carried out by specialists in 2005, 2010 and 2015 in the EU countries, Norway, Great Britain, Japan, the USA and Australia.
If in 2005 the contribution of older people to total consumption-related emissions was only about 25%, by 2015 it had risen to 32.7%. And it became the maximum level among various age groups.
But if in countries such as Estonia, Lithuania, Hungary, Croatia and Romania, this amount was still relatively small, then in Japan, the elderly accounted for more than half of all carbon emissions into the atmosphere.
There will be even more!
And these are hardly the final numbers. Scientists predict that by 2050 the number of older people in the 32 countries included in the sample will double compared to 2015.
What is waiting for us? Life expectancy will increase as the quality of medicine improves, the promotion of healthy eating and other factors. This means that the problem of the “carbon footprint” will turn into a real crisis, and states will have to take action.
All hope for the youth!
But why is this problem associated specifically with the elderly, who, it would seem, should not lead an overly active lifestyle? The authors of the study believe that the matter is in the specifics of their expenses.
“Older people used to be frugal,” said Edgar Hartfich, an environmentalist at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Edgar Hartfich. “The generation that survived the Second World War carefully watched how they spent resources. The “new elderly” are different from them.”
According to Heartfeech, baby boomers, unlike the previous generation, spend more money on real estate and food, and consume more energy.
Interestingly, according to experts, the least carbon emissions come from young people under 30 years old. Perhaps it’s because they use fewer resources, eat more moderately, and go home less frequently. In general, among young people these days there is a tendency to save money. If it continues in the future, then, perhaps, a climate catastrophe on Earth will not happen.