Canada, America among top polluters, worse than China


    It may surprise you, but Canada is the top polluter per person in the world, followed by America and Russia. (Credit: Climate Watch)

    It may surprise you, but Canada is the top polluter per person in the world, followed by America and Russia.

    China has over 1.3 billion more people than Canada, yet the average Canadian emits far more greenhouse gas emissions – by 24 metric tons in 2014. America comes in a close second, burning 20 metric tons per person, followed by Russia with 14 metric tons of carbon dioxide.

    And even though the wealthiest of nations have decreased their carbon footprint, it has come at the expense of other countries. When China makes phones, toys or clothes, those greenhouse gas emissions get added to China’s count, despite those products made for use in the U.S., Europe and around the world.

    China is America’s largest goods trading partner, exporting 169.8 billion in 2016. But in 2006 alone, about 21 percent of export-related Chinese emissions were linked to the production of goods for the U.S.

    Interactive Map: People in Canada are burning more fossil fuels than countries like China. See how other countries compare.

    Plus, a new report shows that a 100 companies, including ExxonMobil, Shell, BHP Billiton and Gazprom are the source of over 71 percent of industrial greenhouse gas emissions since 1988.

    And every year, the richest billion people burn more than half of all fossil fuels in the world, while the poorest billion account for just 1 percent, according to the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

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