Pollution and Wastes

Which countries emit the most carbon dioxide into the air?

Carbon dioxide is one of the greenhouse gases. In 2008 the ten countries that emitted the most carbon dioxide from the consumption and flaring of fossil fuels were:

Country CO2 emissions Percentage of Global Total (in million metric tons)
China 6,550.5 22.3
United States 5,595.5 19.0
Russia 1,593.8 5.4
India 1,427.6 4.9
Japan 1,151.1 3.9
Germany 803.9 2.7
Canada 550.9 1.9
United Kingdom 510.6 1.7
Islamic Republic of Iran 505.0 1.7
Korea 501.3 1.7
World 29,381.4


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