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Published on May 31st, 2016 | by Sandy Dechert


Measure National CO2 Emissions Interactively Over Time

May 31st, 2016 by  

You can now use an interactive guide to discover more about the world’s carbon dioxide emissions. “Carbon Emissions Around The World” quickly calculates the CO2 emissions of different countries.

Recent national CO2 emissions statistics: 2014 (britishgas.co.uk)
The program becomes especially important in view of the new international emphasis on differentiation in accountability for climate change. With it, users can review how all nations and continents across the globe are working to reduce their CO2 emissions. The program is available at no charge here.

The database covers how CO2 emissions in each geographic area have reduced or expanded over the past 12 years. The interactive visualization presents the comparisons. The chart above shows today’s numbers. Compare to 1992:

Early national CO2 emissions statistics: 1992 (britishgas.co.uk)

British Gas Co., which is part of Centrica PLC and supplies a third of the United Kingdom’s power, put together the guide. Some interesting discoveries:

  • China currently has the worst CO2 emissions level in the world, at 10,540.8 million tons. Accelerating industrial growth has raised its carbon emissions by 298.7% since 1992.
  • It seems logical that the more populated nations might have higher carbon emission levels than those with fewer people. However, the US has carbon emissions at 16.7 tons per capita and India—with four times the people—has only 1.8.
  • Overall, Europe has done better with carbon emissions than the United States since 1992. The United Kingdom has reduced its emissions by 27.76% during that time period, while the US increased its emissions by 6.15% in the last two decades.
  • CO2 emissions in Georgia have dropped more than those of any other country in the world since 1992–68.55%. When the USSR broke up into individual nations, the Georgian government initiated energy-efficient solutions with support from countries like the US. While its greenhouse gas emissions decreased, its economy grew.
  • All but two of the 10 countries reducing CO2 emissions most since 1992 are within the former Soviet Union’s sphere of influence: Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, Armenia, Tajikistan, Latvia, Kyrgyzstan, and Romania.
  • Emissions have increased most in the earth’s smaller and more rapidly developing nations: Equatorial Guinea, Maldives, Benin, Tuvalu, Vietnam, Timor-Leste, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, and Qatar.

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covers environmental, health, renewable and conventional energy, and climate change news. She's currently on the climate beat for Important Media, having attended last year's COP20 in Lima Peru. Sandy has also worked for groundbreaking environmental consultants and a Fortune 100 health care firm. She writes for several weblogs and attributes her modest success to an "indelible habit of poking around to satisfy my own curiosity."

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