Ten countries create two thirds of world’s CO2 emissions

Ten countries are responsible for the bulk of the world’s CO2 emissions, according to the International Energy Agency. Two-thirds of global CO2 emissions in 2009 came from these ten, according […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Ten countries are responsible for the bulk of the world’s CO2 emissions, according to the International Energy Agency. Two-thirds of global CO2 emissions in 2009 came from these ten, according to figures released ahead of the UN climate change meeting in Durban this November.

China and the United States were the top emitters, together producing 41% of the world’s CO2. They were followed by India, Russia, Japan and Germany, while Iran, Canada, and Korea and the UK were bottom of the top ten.

The report, CO2 Emissions from Fuel Combustion 2011, also shows that despite the recession dinting global CO2 emissions between 2008 and 2009, they increased significantly in Asia, China and the Middle East.