The United States, Russia, China, India and the European Union are the five most polluting nations in the globe, according to a new report.
The World Resources Institute (WRI) says these nations are responsible for more than 60% of the world’s CO2 emissions.
The five countries account for more CO2 than the entire population of China.
China accounts for more greenhouse gases than all but one other country combined.
They account for over half of the total global emissions of CO2, and they account for nearly two-thirds of the country’s GDP.
China is the biggest polluter in the developing world, with a whopping 5.2% of global emissions.
“We’ve seen for some time that the countries that are the most polluters are not the same ones that are doing the most to reduce emissions,” WRI senior scientist Mark Zandi said.
“And so when you start looking at emissions in countries like China, you start to see the very different economies, they’re not just exporting CO2.
They’re also manufacturing it and exporting it.”
These five countries are responsible over 60% in the global emissions, according a new study.
The countries that have the largest carbon footprints are the United States and Russia, both of which account for around 6.5% of all global CO2 and about 40% of its GDP.
China accounts for over 40% in CO2 in China and its economy is heavily dependent on fossil fuels.
It’s estimated that in 2025, China will have emitted around 4.2 trillion tons of CO3, while India will have exported over 1.8 trillion tons.
The other three countries responsible for the biggest amount of CO 2 emissions are India, the European Federation and Russia.
It’s worth noting that the five largest polluters don’t necessarily lead the way in CO 2 reductions, but rather countries that export CO2 to China, Russia and the United Kingdom, according Zandi.
“They’re the largest polluting countries,” Zandi explained.
“In terms of emissions, they account in a very small number of countries.”
In terms, the world is getting more carbon dioxide.
China has made significant strides in reducing emissions.
Zandi said the report will be released to the world in February, but it’s expected to become more widely available.
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