Wednesday, February 09, 2011

EMITTING

Pop Quiz: what country leads the world in carbon emissions per capita?

No, its not China, although that's a good guess. No, its not the US, although you've probably been told that before.

Here's the actual list:
  1. Qatar 51.3
  2. Kuwait 34.0
  3. United Arab Emirates 30.9
  4. Bahrain 29.5
  5. Trinidad and Tobago 27.7
  6. Luxembourg 24.2
  7. Brunei 19.5
  8. United States 19.0
  9. Australia 17.7
  10. Saudi Arabia 16.9
The list for total carbon emissions is a bit different (this is in millions of tons):
  1. China 7,426.4
  2. U.S. 5,951.0
  3. Russia 1,534.4
  4. India 1,529.1
  5. Japan 1,225.2
  6. Germany 796.6
  7. South Korea 664.2
  8. Canada 605.9
  9. Saudi Arabia 544.4
  10. Iran 544.4
Mind you, the middle east still ranks pretty high. And keep in mind here that some of these are estimates from countries who tend not to be entirely reliable in their reporting, such as China and Russia. Other nations, such as North Korea and Burma are very low on the list. When you live in a backwater hell hole, your carbon emissions tend to be low.

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