Countries by Change in Carbon Dioxide Emissions

Name the countries that have increased or decreased their carbon dioxide emissions by the most since 2000.
2000-2016. Source
In thousands of metric tons
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Last updated: November 2, 2018
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Reduction
Country
%
-799,000
United States
-14
-176,000
United Kingdom
-32
-125,000
Ukraine
-35
-94,800
Italy
-21
-80,700
Germany
-9
-62,000
France
-16
-53,900
Spain
-18
-52,300
Canada
-7
-28,300
Greece
-29
-27,400
Belgium
-22
Gain
Country
%
6,790,000
China
+186
1,470,000
India
+138
293,000
Iran
+84
256,000
Saudi Arabia
+98
236,000
Indonesia
+80
151,000
Vietnam
+276
141,000
Malaysia
+114
141,000
Turkey
+62
130,000
Brazil
+39
126,000
South Korea
+26
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Level 77
Jan 6, 2017
What's the unit size of gain/loss out of curiosity?
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Level ∞
Jan 7, 2017
Metric tons. Forgot to put that in.
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Level 65
Jan 8, 2017
Should be thousands of tons, actually.
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Level ∞
Jan 11, 2017
Fixed!
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Level 65
Jan 7, 2017
Most depressing quiz ever.
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Level ∞
Jan 7, 2017
But there is good news too. Nearly every country in the west is using less co2 than before. Britain's carbon dioxide emissions peaked in 1971, and have declined by about 1/3rd since. Adoption of electric vehicles will accelerate the decline.
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Level ∞
Jan 7, 2017
Not to mention solar!
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Level 47
Jan 8, 2017
Most of the decline in the developed world's carbon emissions can be attributed manufacturing being outsourced to places like China and India, according to the Guardian After you take into account imports, Europe only reduced their carbon footprint by 1% between 1990 and 2008.
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Level 27
Apr 5, 2017
Really that's irrelevant though. All of the decreases combined barely make up for the gain in *India*, let alone China.
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Level 63
Jun 3, 2020
A lack of carbon footprint growth is progress worth celebrating, and the decreases are good on their own despite other growth. Instead of +186% China -14% USA, without steps made it could have been +186% China +56% USA or something.
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Level 74
Jan 8, 2017
What's so bad about C02? It's plant food for Christ's sake!
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Level 28
Jan 8, 2017
exactly!
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Level ∞
Apr 3, 2017
It's got what plants crave!
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Level 81
Apr 3, 2017
It's got electrolytes!
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Level 59
Apr 3, 2017
Actually, without any carbon dioxide warming the Earth, the planet would largely be too cold for people to live on.
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Level 46
Apr 5, 2017
Oxygen is also good, but too much of it can kill you. The effects of excess CO2 (climate change, sea level rise, coral bleaching, ice melt etc etc etc) and so well linked and demonstrated that I can't believe we're still having this debate.
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Level 58
Oct 22, 2017
cuz too much of it will depress the ozone and make it go away to therapy on another planet.
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Level 63
Jan 7, 2017
Asia gain, Europe reduce. Nice to see we reduced by nearly 10 percent!
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Level 74
Jan 8, 2017
Yes, but you lose while other parts of the world gain in emissions. That's why all of these climate change laws make no sense. Outsourcing companies to countries that can't handle environmental protection as well as us just so we don't feel guilty is stupid.
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Level 62
Jan 14, 2019
Before: Europe produce, Europe gain Now: Asia produce, Europe and Asia gain
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Level 70
Jan 8, 2017
The patient is smiling even though he's dying. Well that's some relief.
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Level 51
Jan 8, 2017
ahh! I missed only Kazakhstan
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Level 59
Jan 8, 2017
Nice to see we're doing SOMETHING right.
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Level 55
Jan 9, 2017
No we don't. This should really be corrected by imported and exported CO2. And include CO2 generated by the transport on international trading routes. I don't think it does that.
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Level 71
Apr 3, 2017
Exactly. The West has not reduced its consumption of CO2. It just has outsourced its production abroad. Which is utterly stupid, because we are still living in the same planet.
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Level ∞
Apr 3, 2017
The West definitely has reduced its consumption per capita at the very least. Improvements in fuel efficiency standards for cars and insulation for buildings have made a difference. Its not enough obviously, but lets not pretend that no progress has been made. And with the coming solar revolution, I think its possible that things will continue to improve, certain politicians non-withstanding.
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Level 27
Apr 5, 2017
Yes the West is screwing itself over economically by trying to reduce its carbon emissions, meanwhile none of the developing countries care.
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Level 80
Jan 31, 2017
Can't believe I got them all
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Level 43
Jan 20, 2019
Haha, me too. Got Greece with only 22 seconds remained.
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Level 71
Apr 3, 2017
And people still claim that China is leading the world in combating climate change
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Level 59
Apr 3, 2017
Remember this is a 13 year period i.e. much of it is history before climate change was viewed so significantly, and before Paris Accords, etc.
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Level 58
Apr 3, 2017
Wealthy countries in the west are just outsourcing their industrial pollution to emerging countries, where they use the dirtiest energy on the planet. See it go down in the U.S. and Germany while China and India skyrockets, where they actually make all that green tech along with the rest of everything else we purchase and use. It IS a depressing quiz and there is no "good news" here.
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Level ∞
Apr 4, 2017
The US is manufacturing more than ever, and doing so with far less carbon output than before. Let's not be defeatist and refuse to acknowledge the very real progress that has been made.
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Level 27
Apr 5, 2017
Nah we're screwing ourselves over by falling for the stupid carbon reduction meme. None of the other countries care, they will trample all over us.
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Level ∞
Nov 3, 2018
@sensfan123. Defeatism is for losers. We can grow our economy and reduce our carbon use at the same time. In fact, we already are!
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Level 65
Dec 21, 2017
Trump is getting rid of the environmental regulations and restrictions that have a stranglehold on the US economy. The USA can finally return to its former glory.
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Level 76
Nov 3, 2018
You're joking, right?
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Level 69
Nov 7, 2018
Knowing some of his previous comments, I don't think so.
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Level 79
Jan 20, 2019
If only...
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Level 60
Nov 9, 2018
I always think my level is good until I see people in the comments
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Level 67
Jan 4, 2019
Sad quiz indeed... (and getting 17/20 only beats 30% wow)
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Level 66
Jan 20, 2019
It disappointed me to find that Australia, my home country, wasn't on this list. Then, I checked the source only to find that we'd risen, among the kinds of China and Iran - and this broke my heart.
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Level 55
Jan 20, 2019
Aside from the vast majority of its people being good, is Saudi Arabia an evil country?
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Level 56
Jan 20, 2019
Well not that this has much to do with its CO2 emissions but yes, of course it is. A place which in the modern world still so severely restricts the liberty of half its population (women), and assassinates those who speak out against their archaic regime (Khashoggi for example) is certainly evil in my mind.
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Level 70
Apr 26, 2019
Which isn’t even including the horrific war in Yemen that they’re leading, creating the worst humanitarian crisis of our day.
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Level 57
Jan 20, 2019
Great Quiz, like it!
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Level 70
Apr 26, 2019
Is it known why Ukraine decreased? Is it due to environmental regulations, or a decrease due to war rationing?
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Level 55
May 11, 2019
In Ukraine even more, almost like in the USA Cince 1990 emissions dropped 4 times
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Level 47
Jul 29, 2019
its too late to stop, It is now time to plan for the consequences.
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Level ∞
May 12, 2020
Wrong. Global warming exists on a a continuum. The more CO2 that gets pumped into the atmosphere, the worse things will be. Even if we can't completely prevent it, it is worthwhile to try to stop the worst-case scenarios.

"The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now."

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Level 54
May 1, 2020
I want to see one by percentage.
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Level 65
May 12, 2020
Interesting figures. To put it into perspective, a look at emission per capita is helpful. "The biggest absolute emissions come from China and the United States. In terms of CO2 emissions per capita, China is ranked only ranked 47th, at 7.5 metric tonnes per capita. The US is ranked 11th at 16.5 per capita and amongst countries with sizeable populations, has the highest CO2 emissions per capita. India is the third highest country in terms of absolute emissions, but only 158th in terms of per capita output with 1.7 metric tonnes per capita." https://www.economicshelp.org/blog/10296/economics/top-co2-polluters-highest-per-capita/ So thinking about China or India, right now still pretty low in the per-capita-ranks, continuing their speedy economic growth, is kind of worrying. On the other hand, looking at the US as the worst polluter per capita and comparing them to the likes of UK, there is huge room for improvement.
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Level ∞
May 12, 2020
Here's a per-capita quiz. The U.S. uses a lot. Unfortunately, since China's population is so much larger, even if the U.S. went to zero, it wouldn't be enough to fix the problem. Since China is unlikely to seriously care about global warming, there is only one way out of this crisis. Develop technology that actively removes CO2 from the atmosphere. If the west cuts emissions by 5% or 25%, or even 100%, it simply isn't enough.
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Level 46
May 12, 2020
Quite odd to see South Korea as only western country on the left side of the list