International Energy Agency has reported early this year that the global CO2 emission rose 3.2% in 2011. This is higher than the number from Germany's renewable energy institute of 2.5%. Either figure has set a new record high of CO2 emission.
From the German's report:
- Global CO2 emission was 34 billion tonnes in 2011, 50% higher than the global emissions in 1990.
- China ranked #1 with 8.9 billion tonnes, or 6.6 tonnes per person, an increase of 0.6 billion tonnes. The per person emission is similar to those of low-emitting nations within the European Union.
- United States ranked #2 with 6 billion tonnes, or 19 tonnes per person.
- India ranked #3, followed by Russia, Japan, and Germany.