According to a study by the Earth Policy Institute, global CO2 emissions reached a record high of 8.38 gigatons in 2006, and they’ve only increased since then.
In 2000 it was predicted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that the annual growth of CO2 emissions between 2000 and 2010 would only increase by 2.3%, but we’ve already passed this at 3.1% and counting.
Who is Responsible?
There are five countries that are responsible for over half of the world’s fossil fuel-emitted CO2, and America is the leader.
U.S. emissions are almost 200 times greater than those of people in the poorest countries of the world, and they’re still 5 times greater than those in China.
Here are the top 5 CO2 emitters in 2006:
- America ‘ 1.66 gigatons
- China ‘ 1.49 gigatons
- Russia ‘ 5.2 % of total
- India ‘ 4.7 % of total
- Japans ‘ 4.1% of total
It is estimated that China will overtake the U.S. in CO2 emissions by 2009.
Also, the rising CO2 emissions mixed with other greenhouse gases have raised the global temperature by 0.8 degrees Celsius, resulting in stronger heat waves, droughts and hurricanes.
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These statistics are extremely disturbing, yet they’re the truth and people need to realize that global warming is unavoidable. The worse it becomes the more we increase our carbon footprint.
Since we are the main contributors of global warming, we need to find a way to work together to combat it.
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