Today, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
released a major report
that raises the panel’s certainty that human activity, particularly the burning of fossil fuels, is the cause of much of the warming seen in recent years. The World Bank recently updated its data on estimate carbon dioxide emissions
along with many other climate relevant indicators
in the World Development Indicators
. Here are some interesting takeaways from the data:
The World's CO2 emissions grew 4.9% in 2010
That's the 3rd largest annual increase since 1990 (early estimates of 2011 and 2012 emissions show further global increases since 2010, but not quite as large). Nationally, China, the United States, India, Russia and Japan continue to be the top 5 emitters. It's also notable that in 2010 South Korea surpassed Canada in 8th place, and South Africa fell out of the top 10 with an emissions drop of almost 3 percent.