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The Biggest Climate Change Contributors in the World

Graphiq Logo By Taylor Johnson of Graphiq | Slide 1 of 131: <p>Despite recent announcements from President-elect Donald Trump that “<a href="http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/11/politics/donald-trump-climate-change-interview/">nobody really knows</a>” if climate change is real, over 97 percent of climate scientists believe it is “<a href="http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/14/politics/energy-department-litmus-test/">extremely likely</a>” that changes in the Earth's climate over the last century have been caused by human actions. This sentiment from Mr. Trump makes some uneasy, with the United States’ participation in the Paris Agreement remaining in the balance. </p><p>The Paris Agreement, a multi-national treaty ratified on Nov. 4, 2016, was created to develop and execute<a href="http://unfccc.int/focus/long-term_strategies/items/9971.php"> long-term greenhouse gas emission reduction</a>, in hopes of combatting global warming. America is one of the biggest worldwide contributors to global warming, and if no changes are made to reduce the country's carbon footprint, the U.S. is expected to reach 6.9 gigatons of carbon dioxide emissions by 2025. </p><p>According to the World Bank, carbon is released into the atmosphere when carbon products like fossil fuels are burned, as well as when cement is created. Carbon dioxide (CO2) accounts for <a href="http://www.epa.gov/ghgemissions/global-greenhouse-gas-emissions-data">65 percent</a> of all greenhouse gas emissions. Recent data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency states that since 1970, global CO2 emissions have increased 90 percent. </p><p><a href="http://www.healthgrove.com/">HealthGrove</a>, a health research site powered by <a href="https://www.graphiq.com/">Graphiq</a>, used data from the World Bank to find the countries that emitted the most carbon dioxide per capita in 2013. Only countries with populations over 3 million were included. The countries are ranked in ascending order, with the country that emitted the most CO2 in metric tons per capita taking the No. 1 spot. When ties occur, the country with the largest GDP per capita is ranked higher. </p><p>Looking at carbon footprints per capita takes into account the number of people in a given country. For example, while China releases more total metric tons of carbon dioxide than any other nation, it has a large population and therefore lower emissions per person. Although China and the United States are the <a href="http://w.graphiq.com/vlp/1Hp3svwvIQR">top contributors</a> of greenhouse gases overall, the top offender per capita may surprise you.<br></p>

The Biggest Climate Change Contributors in the World

Despite recent announcements from President-elect Donald Trump that “nobody really knows” if climate change is real, over 97 percent of climate scientists believe it is “extremely likely” that changes in the Earth's climate over the last century have been caused by human actions. This sentiment from Mr. Trump makes some uneasy, with the United States’ participation in the Paris Agreement remaining in the balance.

The Paris Agreement, a multi-national treaty ratified on Nov. 4, 2016, was created to develop and execute long-term greenhouse gas emission reduction, in hopes of combatting global warming. America is one of the biggest worldwide contributors to global warming, and if no changes are made to reduce the country's carbon footprint, the U.S. is expected to reach 6.9 gigatons of carbon dioxide emissions by 2025.

According to the World Bank, carbon is released into the atmosphere when carbon products like fossil fuels are burned, as well as when cement is created. Carbon dioxide (CO2) accounts for 65 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions. Recent data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency states that since 1970, global CO2 emissions have increased 90 percent.

HealthGrove, a health research site powered by Graphiq, used data from the World Bank to find the countries that emitted the most carbon dioxide per capita in 2013. Only countries with populations over 3 million were included. The countries are ranked in ascending order, with the country that emitted the most CO2 in metric tons per capita taking the No. 1 spot. When ties occur, the country with the largest GDP per capita is ranked higher.

Looking at carbon footprints per capita takes into account the number of people in a given country. For example, while China releases more total metric tons of carbon dioxide than any other nation, it has a large population and therefore lower emissions per person. Although China and the United States are the top contributors of greenhouse gases overall, the top offender per capita may surprise you.

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