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Infographic: The Cumulative Carbon Emissions of Every Country Since 1750

The U.S. is exceptional when it comes to carbon emissions—that much is indisputable.
December 5, 2019, 7am PST | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Umair Irfan boosts the signal on a report published in April by Carbon Brief, which calculated the cumulative carbon emissions of every country since 1750.

"What’s abundantly clear," according to Irfan's explanation of the Carbon Brief's analysis, "is that the United States of America is the all-time biggest, baddest greenhouse gas emitter on the planet."

The Carbon Brief team also created a graph that tracks each country's carbon output since 1750.

For more topical assessment of the world's current carbon emissions, see the "Global Carbon Budget" released this week by the Global Carbon Project, which finds the world's carbon emissions reaching a new high in 2019. The United Nations also last week released a report pinning much of the blame for climate change on the 20th century history of land use and transportation planning in the United States.

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Published on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 in Vox
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