CO2 emissions vs income

CO2 vs GNP 1975-2002

I generated this graph on Prof Hans Rosling’s site.

The data shows, somewhat surprisingly that the increase in carbon emissions in countries like Ireland and the US from 1975 to 2002 are not in any way mirrored by any increases in China or India.

In the recent Bali talks (and the Kyoto talks before that) the US held up the developing countries as major polluters and refused to sign Kyoto (and created all kinds of fuss at Bali) because of the amounts of pollution being emitted by developing countries.

This is obviously delaying tactics for Bush’s friends in the oil business in Texas and Saudi. The US Ambassador to Ireland conceded that China may exceed the US’s total emissions in 2008. Compare the income per capita between the US and China again and even if Chinese total emissions do exceed the US in 2008, they are still far less polluting per capita than the US.

And the Chinese were looking for a stronger agreement at Bali than the US.

The sooner Bush and his oil cronies are out of office, the sooner we can move on with trying to clean up the planet.

6 thoughts on “CO2 emissions vs income”

  1. But you show GNP/capita on Y axis and CO2 per capitaas colour. do revise and show CO2 per capita on Y axis and tiem on x axis and size as total population and colour as something elose, regions.

  2. Hans, thanks for stopping by and commenting. Apologies for not doing your software justice in its ability to properly tell this story.

    However, when I follow your suggestion and put CO2 per capita on the y-axis and time on the x-axis I find it difficult to display the large differences between the countries emissions.

    If I use the log of the CO2, the data are compressed and if I use linear data, the y-axis goes to a maximum value of 180 for some reason. I don’t know how to reduce this to something more meaningful (for these 4 selected countries) like 30, for example.

    Hopefully you can help with this.

  3. Tom,
    Don’t forget though, the W man doesn’t by far represent the rest of us Yanks. The first thing he did when he lurked into office was pull us out of the Kyoto treaty – a move that showed many of us what we were in for over the next few years.

    Many US States have given the proverbial raspberry, and gone ahead and made their own tighter rules for emissions standards despite what the oil folks would like to pose as regulations 🙂

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