China’s gas emissions climbed to 14.09 billion tons of carbon dioxide equivalent in 2019, Bloomberg reported.
- Based on data from climate research firm Rhodium Group, China’s emissions surpass that of the combined emissions of Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) members by 30 million tons.
- The emissions include six heat-trapping gases including carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide.
- With the latest figures, China accounted for 27% of the total global emissions, followed by the United States with 11% and India with 6.6%.
- Members of the OECD emitted quadruple the greenhouse gases emitted by China since 1750.
- With China as the world’s most populated country, its per capita emissions remain below those of the United States.
- Researchers of the Rhodium Group said China’s history as a top source of greenhouse gases is “relatively short” when compared with developed countries which have had more than a century head start.
- “Current global warming is the result of emissions from both the recent and more distant past,” the researchers said.