Per Capita CO2 Emissions

The per capita CO2 emission for the most populated countries in the world span a wide range. From a lowe a just over one ton per capita to 16 tons per capita.

One ton of CO2 is a staggering large cube of greenhouse gas. Here is what JUST ONE of these metric tons of CO2 looks like compared to an average house.

The United States leads the world with 16.5 metric tons of CO2 per person.

China generates 7.5 metric tons of CO2 per person, less than half that of the typical U.S. citizen.

Even greener are the citizens of India 1.7 metric tons of CO2 per person, essentially 1/10th the output of a person in the United State as illustrated in the side-by-side comparison below to the Statue of Liberty.
Perhaps its time for the demise of the gas-guzzling SUV in the United States and a slimming of our large mid-sections.

Take a moment to check out this informative video for more insights on the per capita CO2 emissions around the globe.


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Keith Blizzard

A life-long environmentalist, Keith set out on the never ending journey of adjusting his lifestyle to a more sustainable one, with a goal of annually shrinking his carbon footprint. When he looked around for a dependable source of meaningful carbon footprint reduction ideas, it was pretty lame – so he launched Green Blizzard loaded with eco-friendly lifestyle tweaks. When he’s not managing Green Blizzard, you’ll find him on the trails around Mid Coast Maine with his trusty trail companion mutt, Moose.