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Countries by Change in Carbon Dioxide Emissions

Name the countries that have increased or decreased their carbon dioxide emissions by the most since 2000.
  • 2000-2013 according to the World Bank
  • In thousands of metric tons
  • Quiz by Quizmaster - Jan 06, 2017
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Reduction
Country
%
-515,000
-9
-106,000
-24
-84,300
-16
-72,700
-9
-58,800
-11
-57,500
-20
-49,800
-16
-28,900
-8
-25,200
-20
-22,500
-25
Gain
Country
%
6,840,000
+201
1,000,000
+97
244,000
+66
244,000
+82
231,000
+14
216,000
+82
176,000
+54
145,000
+32
145,000
+123
122,000
+67
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level 73
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 56
Jan 8, 2017
Should be thousands of tons, actually.
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Jan 11, 2017
Fixed!
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level 57
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 60
Apr 3, 2017
Also in very recent years there has been a decrease in global emissions, mainly caused by China significantly reducing coal burning.
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level 28
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 64
Jan 8, 2017
What's so bad about C02? It's plant food for Christ's sake!
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level 30
Jan 8, 2017
exactly!
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Apr 3, 2017
It's got what plants crave!
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level 75
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 33
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
Jan 7, 2017
Asia gain, Europe reduce. Nice to see we reduced by nearly 10 percent!
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level 64
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 63
Jan 8, 2017
The patient is smiling even though he's dying. Well that's some relief.
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level 40
Jan 8, 2017
ahh! I missed only Kazakhstan
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level 60
Jan 8, 2017
Nice to see we're doing SOMETHING right.
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level 49
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 62
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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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 28
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 71
Jan 31, 2017
Can't believe I got them all
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level 65
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 60
Apr 3, 2017
The numbers are slightly misleading. As several people have said a lot of that increase is due to outsourcing from western countries, and China have been reducing their emissions for a while now. The average American still uses the energy equivalent of at least 3 Chinese people (I've heard up to 10).
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Apr 4, 2017
Source? As of the latest data I have, China's emissions continue to increase rapidly.

But, yes, the average American still uses twice as much as China.

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level 60
Apr 4, 2017
I think it was around 2013 that the drop began (although in your data the climb really started to decrease in 2012). This is about coal but I think for China it's almost directly proportional: 'decrease of 2.9% in 2014, ... 3.6% decrease in 2015' Click here And this is what I was referring to with the American:Chinese energy consumption, the average American uses 3.1 times that of the average Chinese person.
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level 60
Apr 4, 2017
Sorry about the terrible HTML, I haven't left a link before. But global C02 emissions haven't grown in the last few years and it's been largely attributed to China's drop in coal use (that link actually directly says that CO2 emissions in China declined by 1.5% in 2015). That '10 times' figure I mentioned came from that Before the Flood documentary, I don't have a source for it though.
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level ∞
Apr 4, 2017
Interesting. I couldn't get the Nature article to load, but I did find some other articles that seemed to suggest China's emissions were down slightly (less than 1%). That's great news.

The US may use 3 times the energy per capita as China, but we only generate a little more than 2 times the CO2 because our coal use is much less. The 10x figure was probably accurate 15 or 20 years ago.

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level 52
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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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 28
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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