Ageing society in developed countries challenges carbon mitigation

  title={Ageing society in developed countries challenges carbon mitigation},
  author={Heran Zheng and Yin Long and Richard Wood and Daniel D. Moran and Zhengkai Zhang and Jing Meng and Kuishuang Feng and Edgar G. Hertwich and Dabo Guan},
  journal={Nature Climate Change},
  pages={241 - 248}
Populations in developed countries are ageing. However, the impact of senior citizens’ consumption on global carbon mitigation is poorly understood. Here we find that senior citizens have played a leading role in driving up GHG emissions in the past decade and are on the way to becoming the largest contributor. Considering the greenhouse gas footprint of household consumption across age groups in 32 developed countries, the senior contribution to national total consumption-based emissions… 
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