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Fossil Fuel CO2 emissions worldwide

Fossil fuel CO2 emissions worldwide have been a significant contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. These emissions primarily result from the combustion of fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and natural gas for energy production, transportation, industrial processes, and residential use.

Over the past century, fossil fuel CO2 emissions have risen dramatically due to increased industrialization, urbanization, and economic growth. The burning of fossil fuels releases carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere, where it acts as a greenhouse gas, trapping heat and contributing to global warming and climate disruption.

According to data from organizations like the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the Global Carbon Project, fossil fuel CO2 emissions reached record levels in recent years, with billions of metric tons released annually. These emissions are a primary driver of anthropogenic climate change, leading to rising global temperatures, melting ice caps, sea level rise, extreme weather events, and disruptions to ecosystems and human societies worldwide.

The world map below, created by Reddit user Lbzsky, shows where the world's CO2 emissions come from.
Stronges emission clusters

Below is another map, created by Reddit user Symmy546, that shows emissions during 2019 not only on land but also from ships sailing. Darker areas indicate higher emissions.

CO2 emission

Efforts to mitigate fossil fuel CO2 emissions include transitioning to renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, and hydroelectric power, improving energy efficiency, implementing carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies, promoting sustainable land use practices, and transitioning to electric vehicles and public transportation. However, despite these efforts, fossil fuel CO2 emissions continue to pose a significant challenge to global efforts to address climate change and achieve sustainability. Addressing the issue requires coordinated action at the local, national, and international levels to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and transition to a low-carbon economy.

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