This World Bank data visualization shows how the lowest-income countries compare with the highest-income ones on carbon-dioxide emissions (the main man-made contributor to global warming) and energy use. The lowest-income countries -- blue, purple, and pink balls -- are clustered at the low end of both axes. CO2 emissions per capita are visualised horizontally and energy use, vertically. The highest-income countries -- orange -- are at the higher end of both axes.
The big purple ball in the lower-left-hand corner is Bangladesh, the most populous of the 49 Least Developed Countries. It's per-capita CO2 emissions are .030 metric tons and its energy use per capita is the equivalent of 160.5 kilograms of oil. By comparison, the U.S. -- the biggest orange ball toward the upper-right-hand corner -- produces 19.50 tons of CO2 per capita --- 65 times Bangladesh's - and its energy use is the equivalent of 7,760 kilograms of oil -- 48 times Bangladesh's.
The size of each ball reflects the population of the country it represents.
The visualization also includes the fast-growing middle-ncome countries of China (the biggest pink ball), India (the biggest purple ball southwest of China), Brazil (the green ball to the left of China), and the Russian Federation (the blue ball in the middle of all the smaller orange balls). All those countries are becoming major emitters of CO2.
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