For most G-7 countries, a larger coal footprint since Copenhagen

G-7 leaders during this year’s summit in Schloss Elmau, Germany. According to an Oxfam report, five of the G-7 countries have increased their coal footprint since the U.N. Climate Change Conference in 2009. Photo by: Bundesregierung / Gottschalk

As the G-7 summit wrapped up last week, one of the highlights that emerged was German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s call for G-7 countries to commit themselves to the $100 billion needed to mobilize climate finance for developing countries.

Ranking among the top climate aid donors, Germany is in a position to trumpet this invitation. According to project-level data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, climate aid from G-7 countries reached $15 billion in 2013. Of this amount, $4 billion came from Germany.

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