As far as nature is concerned, China isn't an entity. We're all in the same boat, and if they can emit less per capita, that's what matters.
And not only that, China has done one thing great, and that is getting its act together to control that 1.3 billion population. And with China so rapidly developing better public transit systems and alternative energy technologies, I think the problem is actually back home, where we waste on SUV's, 5000-watt electric clothes dryers and living in sprawled, inefficient suburbia.
You cannot calculate the per capita pollution from Europe from the data above. You need to know the actual CO2 numbers and the population of each country and re-compute the equation. It is not simply a matter of summing the numbers. I agree that it would be interesting to see the overall EU number but I would expect it to be lower than the US given the average home sizes and cars are smaller.
China has three times the population of the US but only recently surpassed it as the #1 CO2 emitting country.
This reflects poorly on the US NOT on China. They have a huge population, their CO2 usage is completely expected.
What's disgusting is how entitled Americans think they are. One single American uses the most amount of energy in the world.
CHINA is the #1 CO2 emitter country, yet that FACT is conveniently covered up because some people like to divide up their CO2 output by their 1.3+ billion population.
Isn't that special...