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No matter your perspective on global warming, data confirms immense growth of CO2 emissions during the period from 1753-2004, from 3 million to 4.2 billion metric tons of carbon.

  • China and the United States combined are responsible for almost 40 percent of today's global CO2 emissions.
  • On a per capita basis, US CO2 emissions stabilized at 5 metric tons per person in the early 1980s. In contrast, China's per capita CO2 emissions are relatively low at 1.4 metric tons. Such per capita discrepancies are standard between developed and developing countries and are central to the call globally to ensure climate-friendly economic growth and development.
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