Top 5 most polluting countries

Discover which nations pump most carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere
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Emissions of greenhouse gases of human origin are the main cause of climate change. Their effects on global warming are devastating and it is becoming more and more urgent that these emissions are reduced to stop humans from exercising so much pressure on the planet. The situation is so critical that the International Energy Agency (IEA) has forecast an increase in emissions of 130% by 2050 if we continue unabated.

The most polluting countries seem to be aware they must reduce their emissions, but, despite agreements such as the Kyoto Protocol, these carbon dioxide emissions continue to rise. To a greater or lesser extent, almost all the world’s countries are responsible for the high level of global pollution, but there are five that stand out from the rest, as shown below:

These are the 5 most polluting countries on the planet. Surprised by any?

1. China (30%)

The world’s most populated country has an enormous export market, which has seen its industry grow to become a serious danger to the planet. In just five provinces, which that host most of these industries ,more dioxide is emitted than in any other country in the world. As a consequence, Beijing has experienced, in recent years, constant red alerts for environmental pollution.

2. United States (15%)

The world’s biggest industrial and commercial power. Although in recent times it has led the most important initiatives to combat climate change, in practice the great majority have been shown to be insufficient. Neither are its pollution levels limited to big cities; many rural areas are also beginning to notice the consequences.

Top 5 most polluting countries

3. India (7%)

Fourteen out of the world’s 15 most contaminated cities are in India, says the World Health Organization. The country has had a law protecting air quality since 1981, but the burning of fossil fuels has grown significantly and as a consequence India occupies third place in the ranking of the most polluting countries in the world.

4. Russia (5%)

The biggest country in the world geographically appears in this ranking for its high dependence on products such as oil, coal, gas and fossil fuels. Also, in the past few decades, it has experienced several environmental emergencies and has high levels of deforestation and animal hunting.

5. Japan (4%)

Finally, the other great Asian power after China completes the list. Japan is the biggest consumer of fossil fuels in the world and the fifth largest emitter of greenhouse gases. This situation is due to its high level of urban development and industry that seems to care little for nature.

 

Sources: UNHCRWorld Bank and The Times of India.

36 Comments

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11/15/2019

per capita pollution rate in india is very very low compared to USA . so this article is not accurate to say most polluting.

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11/19/2019

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Vixen

12/1/2019

United States, Japan, Russia and China? You might want to check your dang facts a little better. Those countries is considered to be extremely clean compared to these countries: Bangladesh Pakistan Afghanistan Bahrain Mongolia Kuwait Nepal United Arab Emirates Nigeria Hong Kong is horrible for the pollution yes, but the rest of the country is clean.

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12/1/2019

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12/1/2019

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Dave

12/2/2019

Per capita has very little to do with the solution to emissions issues. It requires the laws and regulations only governments can dictate to make a dent in emissions. If you leave it to individuals, it it too easy to say to yourself that the “other” person is worse than you are. If China and Japan do not do more than EVERY other country combined, the rest of us all can do very very little to change our path by more than a few years. Doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try. But to poke the US government is futile

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12/10/2019

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12/17/2019

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Gramond

12/21/2019

It's just a matter of perspectives I guess. For example: Bangladesh may be more polutted, but it is a small country and his contribution to the world poluttion is proportional to it; China, by the other hand, it's a huge continent, totally over populated. I'm not familiar with this stadistics in particular, but it looks similar to the international obesity rankings... China have the largest obese population, even though it's only a roughly 15-20% of his population, while in America is around 70% (200 millions on China vs 180 in America - approximate figures only-)

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12/23/2019

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12/23/2019

India's per capita carbon footprint is so low, you would need a thorough knowledge of the number system to gauge it. So do not think that everyone reading this article will get fooled by your stupid hidden agendas. Put focus where it is really needed.

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12/31/2019

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1/7/2020

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1/7/2020

tokiyo is the most polutting city ever also china has more pollution because china has more dirty environment and that is why china most puollutting country no:1 .

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Robert

1/16/2020

We need to define pollution. This article focuses only on air quality. We need to remember that ozone is ruptured only on so called developed nations like North America, Europe and Australia not on Asia and Africa

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Mark W

1/19/2020

Why isn't greta in these countries yelling at them ??

Matthew Haynie

1/22/2020

FAKE NEWS! When you put USA up in the top, it is clear this is a false narrative. China and India have tied for the top for decades if not centuries and you have the audacity to throw the USA falsely at the top for 2nd? Oh, wait, I get it, for geopolitical and economic reasons, right? Some one has to pay for all this so why not the USA, cause they have money right? Wrong!

Janette I Webster

1/23/2020

See the below chart showing the 11 most populous countries in the world, their % of world population & % of world pollution created (as above): 1 China 1,401,013,760 18.1% of world population makes 30% of world pollution 2 India 1,357,704,70 17.5% " 7% 3 United States 329,224,45 4.24% " 15% 4 Indonesia 266,911,900 3.44% " 5 Pakistan 218,374,000 2.81% " 6 Brazil 211,027,803 2.72% " 7 Nigeria 200,963,599 2.59% " 8 Bangladesh 167,978,100 2.16% " 9 Russia 146,780,72 1.89% " 5% 10 Mexico 126,577,691 1.63% " 11 Japan 126,020,00 1.62% " 4% ***Please note India's statistics: 18% of the world's population is Chinese, this is under the 1 child per family policy. This policy has been dropped. Chinese families are know expected to have at LEAST 2 children per family & preferably 4! What impact do you think this change of policy will have on their population? And their % of world population into the future?

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