Countries with the Highest Carbon Dioxide Emissions

Name the countries that account for the highest % of the world's CO2 emissions.
For the year 2019. Source.
Growth = % growth since 1990
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Last updated: October 14, 2020
First submittedMarch 5, 2014
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% of Total
Country
Growth
30.5%
China
+ 375%
13.4%
United States
+ 1%
6.83%
India
+ 333%
4.71%
Russia
- 25%
3.03%
Japan
+ 0%
1.85%
Germany
- 31%
1.85%
Iran
+ 243%
1.71%
South Korea
+ 141%
1.65%
Indonesia
+ 282%
1.62%
Saudi Arabia
+ 255%
% of Total
Country
Growth
1.54%
Canada
+ 29%
1.30%
South Africa
+ 58%
1.28%
Mexico
+ 67%
1.26%
Brazil
+ 110%
1.14%
Australia
+ 56%
1.09%
Turkey
+ 177%
0.96%
United Kingdom
- 38%
0.87%
Italy
- 23%
0.84%
Poland
- 14%
0.83%
France
- 19%
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Level ∞
Oct 14, 2020
It's likely that global emissions in 2020 will be lower than 2019. We may (fingers crossed) have peaked.

That said, we need to do more than just reduce emissions. We need to actively remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere..

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Level 78
Mar 17, 2014
Dang you Indonesia! You're the only one I missed!
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Level 67
Jan 5, 2019
same here
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Level 54
Apr 22, 2014
Out of curiosity, is there a reason there are commas in the numbers instead of periods?
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Level 63
Apr 22, 2014
My guess is that the quiz was done by someone that isn't from an English speaking country. For example, I'm from a European country and we use commas over here (it's a called a "decimal comma", not a "decimal point" in my language).
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Level 79
Jan 13, 2017
Essentially correct, but it's more country of origin than English-speaking. For example, much of North America, Australia, and Asia use a decimal point, whereas Europe and South America generally use a decimal comma. Africa is divided between the two, and of course, there are exceptions to the generalizations I gave above. If you're REALLY interested, see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decimal_mark
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Level 52
Sep 18, 2020
True, learning both french and spanish I had to use commas.
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Level 47
Sep 21, 2020
I am also from a "decimal comma" culture (Sweden) and I have to say I prefer it as it has more area, which in my opinion is important as a whole number-fraction delimiter.
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Level 47
Apr 22, 2014
I don't mean to be rude, but isn't it CO2
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Level 32
Apr 22, 2014
I think you're right, the index should be at the bottom
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Level ∞
Apr 22, 2014
Fixed
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Level 80
Apr 22, 2014
China and the USA really have to calm down...
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Level 77
Apr 22, 2014
Try saying that when your country has about 300 million more people.
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Level 49
Apr 22, 2014
Yeah, somebody should do a quiz that looks at per capita emissions instead. As it is this is mostly just a list of large countries.
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Level 80
Apr 24, 2014
Here you go.
CO2 per capita
easy to make. A little more difficult to take. So I added 30 seconds.
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Level 58
Jun 3, 2019
US is still pretty high per capita.
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Level 21
Jan 4, 2015
China has 1.3 BILLION people over 1/7 of the world's population, climbing toward 3/14! The highly-industrialized countries!
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Level 56
Sep 5, 2019
Definitely the European and North American countries who look worst here. And Brazil and Australia.
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Level 41
Jun 25, 2016
Funny you should say that; whilst leading the world in Carbon dioxide emissions, China also tops the table for sustainable and renewable energies. Along the line they realised coal wasn't gonna cut it for their population size and began the switch to solar power on a massive scale. So at least they're trying, which is more than one can say for the US, or the worst of the lot for its population, Australia. We've barely got 25 million people here yet our emissions are up with those of countries with hundreds of millions/billions of people. On top of that, we're yet to have a federal government to acknowledge global warming, let alone honouring the kyoto reform. What small carbon tax we had got voted down and overturned by the oligarchy (who, to be fair, just do what the mining industry tell them to). But we are, without a doubt, one of the worst in the world in Australia.
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Level 78
Dec 28, 2018
China is still by far the biggest user of coal in the world, producing over 40% and importing the greatest amount from others. The US and India, the next largest producers, produce less than 10% each. The US has regulations which makes coal cleaner burning than in China. I know, because I pay for it on my electric bill. After our electric cooperative spent millions to make cleaner-burning coal, then the government came in and said we couldn't burn it anyway and they weren't going to give our co-op time to transition to other alternatives which meant our electric bills would triple from having to purchase energy from other sources. But at the same time they had no problem with allowing coal exports to China where they don't require it to be scrubbed. Things have eased up some for now, but we'll see what happens. I'm all for ending global warming but I think sometimes we strain at a gnat and swallow a camel instead of using common sense to develop real answers to the problem.
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Level 67
Mar 12, 2020
China yes, but USA? Its population has increased 30% from 1990, but total CO2 emission has only increased by 1%. Pretty calm to me.
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Level 18
Apr 22, 2014
100% WOOHOO!!!!!!!!!!
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Level 50
Apr 27, 2014
First try got all 20 with 1 second remaining. Ha!
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Level 19
Dec 29, 2018
No one asked
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Level 67
Jan 5, 2019
Noone asked if anyone asked...
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Level 28
Apr 28, 2014
add England as a correct answer for United Kingdom
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Level 77
Dec 12, 2015
But that would mean that Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland produced zero emissions.
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Level 82
Nov 2, 2018
UK is so much easier to type.
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Level 71
Dec 29, 2018
Why? England is not the same as the UK!
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Level 37
Apr 29, 2014
Ukraine? That's a surprise.
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Level 72
Jun 24, 2016
Got Poland in the last second
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Level 55
Jul 24, 2016
Did u add CO2 emission by humans? 😜 That'll put India before Usa.
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Level 60
Mar 5, 2017
I am ashamed for Canada. the 35 million people produce more pollution than Brazil which had 200 million people
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Level ∞
Mar 5, 2017
Although I wonder about the effects of deforestation in Brazil and whether that is taken into account.
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Level 45
Dec 28, 2018
Yeah, I agree. We produce a shocking amount of Carbon Dioxide, considering our small population. And all the while we pride ourselves on being one of the world's most environmentally friendly countries. Not sure if our visions stack up with reality.
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Level 46
Jul 24, 2017
I only missed canada because i expected it to be cleaner!
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Level 44
Oct 6, 2018
I forgot canada and mexico!!!
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Level 81
Nov 13, 2018
With 19/20 I only beat 51.5% of you bugger's, you're good.
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Level 67
Jan 5, 2019
19/20 beats 75.2% now. That changed fast.
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Level 67
Mar 12, 2020
Only beat and equalled. Don't forget equalled.
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Level 30
Dec 28, 2018
Got 100% with 1 second left!!
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Level 63
Feb 22, 2019
For those who were wondering. Included: Fossil fuel use and industrial processes (cement production, carbonate use of limestone and dolomite, non-energy use of fuels and other combustion, chemical and metal processes, solvents, agricultural liming and urea, waste and fossil fuel fires). Excluded: Short-cycle biomass burning (such as agricultural waste burning), large-scale biomass burning (such as forest fires) and carbon emissions/removals of land-use, land-use change and forestry.
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Level 59
Nov 1, 2019
co2 is plant food. If you truly care about the climate and the environment beyond the politics of carbon taxing, look at methane, fluorocarbons, nuclear waste, deforestation, damning of river flows, ocean pollution, and deprivation of oxygenation to our waters. If CO2 scares you, respirate slower. BTW, how did Turkey make the list?
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Level 71
Aug 23, 2020
Wow, this was surprisingly easy. Usually I make a lot of wrong guesses on these, but I got the first 19 on my first 19 guesses...Took me another minute to get #20 though.