"The rich-country-illusion effect", from Anderssen, J & Lindroth, M. 2001. "Ecologically unsustainable trade", Ecological Economics, vol 37: 113-122. Abstract here. This is an interesting article which lays out how ecological degradation is inextricably linked to an unequal balance of power between rich and poor nations, where richer nations must maintain a certain level of consumption to protect their own position in global trade and industry, and poorer nations must continually export goods, crops, etc that are produced in less and less efficient ways. Simply looking at the “ecological footprint” of each nation’s industry, then, blurs the responsibility for ecological degradation in poorer nations.
It’s like how if you’re really broke you’ll sell your vintage records for less than you know they’re worth, even if you’re, say, a DJ and you need them to make a living, and also the person you’re selling them to is grinding them up to make roads, and then you get a lecture on poor financial planning from a social worker.