Global carbon emissions per capita

Fifteen countries are responsible for more than two-thirds of global CO2 emissions, with China and the US responsible for more than 40 per cent, and China creating almost double the emissions of second-placed US, which is in turn responsible for more than twice the level of third-placed India.

However, the World Economic Forum points out that if the figures are considered per capita, a slightly different picture emerges, with Qatar being the worst offender, followed by Trinidad and Tobago and then Kuwait and the UEA. China doesn’t even reach the top 20 on current emissions – although these may change as per capita consumption develops. Per capita figures are useful because they allow individuals to understand the direct impact their consumption and production of CO2 has.

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