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CO₂ emissions, 2016

Source: Global Carbon Project, Carbon Budget 2017,


The Global Carbon Project is a worldwide program, financed by NGOs, which develops scientific knowledge about greenhouse gases. This network’s estimates of CO2 emissions are a benchmark. If emissions are considered by country, China produces the most – almost a third of global emissions – ahead of the United States. Apart from these two main emission-producers, the global geography proves rather similar to the economic weight of different countries (according to GDP). When they are calculated per capita, these CO2 emissions reveal a geographical picture closer to that of the Human Development Index (HDI), with the exception of Europe, where the figures are less than in the Gulf States, North America, Russia, and Australia. They are lower in the countries of the South (Africa, Southern Asia).


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