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CO₂ Emissions per capita 2016

The Kyoto Protocol was the first serious effort to not only acknowledging a role of humans in global warming, but to also implement measures to reducing this impact caused by greenhouse gas emissions. Since then, carbon emissions have been rising constantly, largely fuelled by considerable economic growth.

Curaçao has the highest emission of Carbon per capita (45 tons per year), followed by Qatar (38 t/y), Trinidad and Tobago (25 t/y), Kuwait (25 t/y) and the United Arab Emirates (23t/y). Overall 25 countries have Carbon emissions of more than 10 tons per capita. Greenland has lowest Carbon emissions per capita, followed by the Faroer Islands, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia and Mali. Overall more than 60 countries have per capita Carbon emissions lower than 1 ton per year.

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Technical Notes

This map is resized according to absolute CO₂ emissions in that territory. The colour shading shows the emissions per capita.

Data sources
This map uses data by Emission Database for Global Atmospheric Research (EDGAR) (last accessed November 2018). We aim to map as complete data as possible and therefore estimate data for missing values. In some cases, missing data for very small territories is not used in the cartogram and that area is therefore omitted in the map.

Further notes on the data, as well as all modifications to the original data source are noted in our data sheets.

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