China tops carbon emissions leaderboard
by David Masters
June 24, 2008
New research from the Netherlands Environment Assessment Agency has revealed that China’s carbon emissions are 14% higher than the USA’s.
China’s rapidly growing economy is being driven by fossil fuels.
As a result, China was responsible for the vast majority of the 3.1% increase in global carbon emissions that occurred last year.
China’s carbon emissions grew 8% last year, with the country’s emissions now accounting for 24% of the worldwide total.
China is closely followed by the US, on 21%, the European Union, 12%, India, 8%, and Russia, 6%.
However, in terms of CO2 emitted per person, the US is the clear leader, with each person in the US responsible for 19.4 tonnes of CO2 emissions every year.
In China, the level of carbon emissions per person is just 5.1 tonnes per year.
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