Global warming is no longer a theory. Hurricanes, floods, and droughts are all the evidence we need to prove that our actions have seriously damaged the earth. Many people around the world accuse Americans to be the biggest polluters, however, that is not entirely true. The misconception probably arose due to the fact that many Americans post their criticism and complaints on social media, more than other nationalities do.
Here is the latest data on the greenhouse gas emissions of the world’s Top 10 Polluters:
Mexico is responsible for 1.68% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Around 67% of their emissions are due to the production of energy, while the rest of the emissions are a result of the waste, agriculture and industry sectors.
Canada is responsible for 1.69% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, with a large majority of it (85%) being a result of the country’s energy sector. The agriculture, industry and waste sectors are responsible for the rest of the emissions.
Indonesia is responsible for 1.7% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, with the energy sector producing the most gas, followed by the agriculture, waste and industry sectors respectively.
Brazil is responsible for 2.33% of the global greenhouse gas emissions, most of which are produced almost equally by the country’s energy and agriculture sectors, while the waste and industry sectors produce a small portion.
Japan is responsible for 3.09% of the global greenhouse gas emissions, 92% of which is a result of the country’s energy sector. Industry and agriculture make up the rest, with the waste sector producing less than 0.4% of the emissions.
Russia is responsible for 5.03% of the global greenhouse gas emissions, with a large percentage (89%) produced by the energy sector, followed by the agriculture, industry and waste sectors.
India is responsible for 6.65% of the global greenhouse gas emissions. 69.8% is produced by the energy sector, 21.7% is produced by the agriculture sector, and the rest is a result of the industry and waste sectors.
3. EU 28
The European Union, which comprises of 28 countries, is responsible for 9.66% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. The energy sector produces 82% of the total emissions, with the agriculture sector producing almost 10%, followed by the industry and waste sectors producing the rest.
2. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
The USA is responsible for 14.36% of the global greenhouse gas emissions. The energy sector produces 87.5% of the emissions, followed by the agriculture, industry and waste sectors that produce the rest.
China is the world’s largest polluter, being responsible for 26.83% of the global greenhouse gas emissions. Just like all the other countries on this list, the energy sector is the biggest contributor, producing 80% of China’s total greenhouse gases, followed by the industry sector (12%), the agriculture sector (6%), and the waste sector (2%).
Looking at it all, the top 3 emitters produce 14 times the greenhouse gas emissions of the bottom 100 countries, and the energy sectors in every country are the culprits. One reason why China is the largest emitter is due to the fact that it is the most populated country in the world. Thankfully, China and other major emitters of greenhouse gases have already reverted the actions to minimize greenhouse gases in the future.