Skip to main content

All the world's carbon emissions in one chart

Carbon emissions, primarily in the form of carbon dioxide (CO2), are a central component of global greenhouse gas emissions, contributing significantly to climate change. These emissions originate from various human activities and natural processes. The burning of fossil fuels, such as coal, oil, and natural gas for energy production, is one of the primary sources of anthropogenic (human-caused) carbon emissions. These emissions occur in various sectors, including electricity and heat production, transportation, industry, and residential and commercial buildings.

The process of deforestation and land-use changes also releases significant amounts of carbon into the atmosphere. When forests are cleared or burned, the carbon stored in trees and vegetation is released as CO2. Agricultural practices, including livestock production and rice cultivation, contribute to carbon emissions as well.

According to visualisation created by, China, the United States, and India account for roughly half of all global emissions in 2017.

All the world's carbon emissions in one chart

What percentage of global fossil fuel emissions (since 1751) have occurred in my lifetime?
- If you're 15 years old, you've seen more than 30%
- If you're 30 years old, you've seen more than 50%
- If you're 85 years old, you've seen more than 90%

The dramatic shortening between the time periods taken for 400 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide to enter the atmosphere:
1st period: 217 years (1751 - 1967)
2nd period: 23 years (1968 - 1990)
3rd period: 16 years (1991 - 2006)
4th period: 11 years (2007 - 2018)

Where most of the world’s CO2 emissions come from (MtCO2)
1. China - 9,839 (27.2%)
2. United States - 5,269 (14.6%)
3. India - 2,467 (6.8%)
4. Russia - 1,693 (4.7%)
5. Japan - 1,205 (3.3%)
6. Germany - 799 (2.2%)
7. Iran - 672 (1.9%)
8. Saudi Arabia - 635 (1.8%)
9. South Korea - 616 (1.7%)
10. Canada - 573 (1.6%)
11. Mexico - 490 (1.4%)
12. Indonesia - 487 (1.3%)
13. Brazil - 476 (1.3%)
14. South Africa - 456 (1.3%)
15. Turkey - 448 (1.2%)
+ Rest of World - 10,028 (27.7%)

The top 20 countries with the highest emissions per capita

The top 20 countries with the highest emissions per capita

Beyond human activities, natural processes like volcanic eruptions and wildfires release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, although their contributions are relatively smaller compared to human-caused emissions.

The increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide levels over the last century is a major driver of global warming and climate change. This rise in CO2 concentrations traps heat in the Earth's atmosphere, leading to higher global temperatures, altered weather patterns, and various environmental impacts.

To mitigate the adverse effects of carbon emissions, international efforts like the Paris Agreement seek to limit global warming by reducing emissions, transitioning to cleaner energy sources, and implementing sustainable land-use practices. Numerous countries have set targets for reducing their carbon emissions to combat climate change and limit the associated risks to the planet and its ecosystems.

This post may contain affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.

Popular posts from this blog

Find cities with similar climate

This map has been created using The Global environmental stratification. The Global environmental stratification (GEnS), based on statistical clustering of bioclimate data (WorldClim). GEnS, consists of 125 strata, which have been aggregated into 18 global environmental zones (labeled A to R) based on the dendrogram. Interactive map >> Via Related posts: -  Find cities with similar climate 2050 -  How global warming will impact 6000+ cities around the world?

Moose population in North America

The moose ( Alces alces ) is the largest member of the deer family, characterized by its massive size, long legs, and distinctive broad, palmate antlers found in males. They have a dark brown or black coat and a humped shoulder. Moose are primarily found in the boreal and mixed deciduous forests of North America, Europe, and Asia. They are solitary animals, often found near bodies of water, and are herbivores that feed on leaves, bark, twigs, and aquatic vegetation. Despite their size, moose are strong swimmers and can run up to 35 miles per hour. The moose population in North America is shrinking swiftly. This decrease has been correlated to the opening of roadways and landscapes into this animal's north range.   In North America, the moose range includes almost all of Canada and Alaska, the northern part of New England and New York, the upper Rocky Mountains, northern Minnesota and Wisconsin, Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and Isle Royale.    In 2014-2015, the North American moo

Map of Fox Species Distribution

Foxes are small to medium-sized members of the Canidae family, which also includes wolves, dogs, and other related animals. There are about 37 species of foxes distributed around the world, and they inhabit a wide range of environments, from forests and grasslands to deserts and urban areas. Below is the map of fox species distribution  created by Reddit user isaacSW Here are some of the most well-known fox species and their distribution: Red Fox ( Vulpes vulpes ): The red fox is one of the most widely distributed fox species and is found in North America, Europe, Asia, and parts of North Africa. They are adaptable and can live in a variety of habitats, including forests, grasslands, and urban areas. Arctic Fox ( Vulpes lagopus ): The Arctic fox is found in the Arctic regions of North America, Europe, and Asia. They have adaptations that help them survive in cold climates, such as a thick coat that changes color with the seasons. Gray Fox ( Urocyon cinereoargenteus ): The gray fox