Carbon Dioxide Emissions on the Rise

Emissions of CO2, a greenhouse gas, have risen steadily for the last 30 years.

The burning of fossil fuels releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. CO2 is a greenhouse gas, and is primarily responsible for human-induced climate change. The trend: upward—sharply—especially among emerging nations such as China, India, and Brazil.

Colors represent total CO2 emissions by year between 1960 and 2007.

Red circles differentiate the top ten and top 50 emitters of CO2 in 2007. Click on the circles to see graphs of emissions over time.

Click the play button on the time slider at the bottom of the page to see emission rates between 1960 and 2007.

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