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Graph of the Day: Mapping global carbon emissions

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Latest report on global carbon emissions released this week revealed that carbon dioxide emissions will likely reach 40 billion tonnes this year.

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Carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels and cement-making reached 36 billion tonnes in 2013. Shutterstock

The latest report on global carbon emissions released this week revealed that carbon dioxide emissions will likely reach 40 billion tonnes this year. Growth in emissions continues to match the worst-case scenario modelled by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change — 3.2-5.4 degrees C above pre-industrial level by 2100.

The following shows the top 20 emitters from fossil fuels of 2013. China is the world’s biggest emitter followed by the US.

But year-to-year emissions aren’t the full story. Calculating cumulative emissions since 1960 reveals the US has contributed the most to carbon dioxide emissions over the past fifty years.

Splitting emissions between developed and developing nations also tells a different story, revealing that developed nations are responsible for the majority of historical carbon emissions. But that is rapidly changing. In 1990 about two-thirds of CO2 emissions came from developed nations; today only a third are from these countries.

Data Sources: CDIAC; Global Carbon Budget 2014; Global Carbon Atlas

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  1. Rob G 6 years ago

    Given our population size, these make for embarrassing reading for Australia. We’ve known this for sometime now, but what are we doing to change our dirty ways? Many people I come across are simply unaware of their dinosaur sized carbon footprints – they would if they were getting taxed for it. It happened to some extent while the carbon tax was around, there was a growing sense that people were becoming aware of there carbon habits.

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