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We all know about the damage [being / been] done to the environment by industries, households, [bloating / belching] cows and the release of methane from permafrost. A new report highlights a [source / sauce] of CO2 emissions that few of us are [unaware / aware] of - billionaires. The British charity Oxfam has reported that the [slavish / lavish] lifestyles of the world's wealthiest create significantly more CO2 than the [average / averaged] person. It conducted an [analysis / analyze] on the investments and lifestyles of 125 of the world's richest billionaires. The [inclusion / conclusion] was that the average billionaire is responsible [to / for] 3 million metric tons of carbon dioxide per year. This is a million times more than the average person creates. [Collectively / Collections] , billionaires create as much CO2 as France.

The lifestyles of billionaires are damaging to the environment. Luxury yachts, [extravagant / extravagance] mansions and private jets mean the super-rich have a [huge / hugely] carbon footprint. This is made bigger by the investments they [invest / make] . Speaking at the COP 27 Climate Change Conference in Egypt, an Oxfam spokesperson [provided / divided] details about CO2 and the super-rich. She said: "The [majority / major] and growing responsibility [of / to] wealthy people for overall emissions [are / is] rarely discussed or considered [in / on] climate policy making. This has to change." She added: "These billionaire investors at the top of the corporate [quadrangle / pyramid] have huge responsibility for driving climate breakdown. They have escaped accountability for [far / too] long."

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