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Environment > Pollution > Carbon Dioxide from fossil fuels 2000: Countries Compared

Edria Murray, Staff Editor

Author: Edria Murray, Staff Editor

Carbon dioxide enters the atmosphere when wood or fossil fuels such as oil, coal and natural gas are burned. As the rate of fossil fuel use has increased over the last century, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has also increased by 20 - 25%.



Atmospheric carbon dioxide is considered to be a contributor to the greenhouse effect. Along with other greenhouse gases including Methane, CFC's (chlorofluorocarbons) Nitrous oxide and Hydrofluorocarbons, carbon dioxide prevents heat from leaving the Earth's atmosphere. As more heat is trapped, the Earth's surface will become warmer. This process is called Global warming.



Computer models suggest that global warming could cause the following changes:

  • Sea levels rising due to ice in the Antarctic and Greenland melting.

  • Flooding of low lying areas such as Bangladesh and the Netherlands due to the rise in sea level.

  • Changes in weather patterns and climate zones, possibly resulting in extinction of some plants and animals.


  • As a result of these concerns in December 1997 the Kyoto protocol, which set limits for the emission of greenhouse gases including carbon dioxide was negotiated. Countries which have ratified the Kyoto Protocol are expected to have met their agreed target rate of emissions by 2012. As of November 2004, 127 countries have ratified the agreement.



    Changes in carbon dioxide emissions since 1990 can be investigated by comparison between this data and the 1990 rate of emissions.

    DEFINITION: Includes carbon dioxide emissions from the consumption of petroleum, natural gas, and coal, and the flaring of natural gas.

    CONTENTS

    # COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH
    1 United States 1,571 2000
    2 China 775 2000
    3 Russia 451 2000
    Group of 7 countries (G7) average (profile) 376.71 2000
    4 Japan 314 2000
    5 India 253 2000
    6 Germany 220 2000
    7 Canada 158 2000
    8 United Kingdom 148 2000
    9 Italy 117 2000
    10 South Korea 115 2000
    11 France 109 2000
    12 South Africa 106 2000
    13 Ukraine 104 2000
    14 Mexico 103 2000
    15 Australia 97 2000
    16 Brazil 95 2000
    =17 Iran 81 2000
    =17 Poland 81 2000
    =17 Spain 81 2000
    20 Saudi Arabia 75 2000
    =21 Taiwan 69 2000
    =21 Indonesia 69 2000
    23 Netherlands 64 2000
    24 Turkey 55 2000
    25 Thailand 45 2000

    Citation

    "Countries Compared by Environment > Pollution > Carbon Dioxide from fossil fuels 2000. International Statistics at NationMaster.com", U.S. Energy Information Administration, International Energy Annual, 2002, and International Energy Outlook, 2001. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Environment/Pollution/Carbon-Dioxide-from-fossil-fuels-2000

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    Carbon dioxide enters the atmosphere when wood or fossil fuels such as oil, coal and natural gas are burned. As the rate of fossil fuel use has increased over the last century, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has also increased by 20 - 25%.



    Atmospheric carbon dioxide is considered to be a contributor to the greenhouse effect. Along with other greenhouse gases including Methane, CFC's (chlorofluorocarbons) Nitrous oxide and Hydrofluorocarbons, carbon dioxide prevents heat from leaving the Earth's atmosphere. As more heat is trapped, the Earth's surface will become warmer. This process is called Global warming.



    Computer models suggest that global warming could cause the following changes:

  • Sea levels rising due to ice in the Antarctic and Greenland melting.

  • Flooding of low lying areas such as Bangladesh and the Netherlands due to the rise in sea level.

  • Changes in weather patterns and climate zones, possibly resulting in extinction of some plants and animals.


  • As a result of these concerns in December 1997 the Kyoto protocol, which set limits for the emission of greenhouse gases including carbon dioxide was negotiated. Countries which have ratified the Kyoto Protocol are expected to have met their agreed target rate of emissions by 2012. As of November 2004, 127 countries have ratified the agreement.



    Changes in carbon dioxide emissions since 1990 can be investigated by comparison between this data and the 1990 rate of emissions.

    Posted on 28 Jan 2005

    Edria Murray, Staff Editor

    Edria Murray, Staff Editor

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    Dangit, the article doesn't say what the scale is for these measurements...

    Posted on 22 Apr 2009

    Ryan

    Ryan

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