China is now the world’s worst polluter.
There’s a neat little map at the bottom of that page. Clicking on Emissions by Nation shows the US and China swell enormously. Which makes sense… I would think that the more populated countries would produce more pollution because of the industry needed to clothe and feed the larger population. Also, the US and China produce items for world-wide distribution. So production would be disproportionately large.
Clicking on Emissions per Persons is interesting. The US and China both shrink to nothing while the Middle East and Europe grow huge. Which, when I think of European outrage over US and Chinese emissions, doesn’t make sense… What that map shows is that, per person, Europe and the Middle East produce more pollution to clothe, feed, etc, each person than anyone else. Taking into consideration that most of the world’s industry is in the US and China, the actual pollution produced to clothe and feed the Middle East and Europe would actually be a bit more. It’s something to remember the next time some European nation or organization has a conniption fit over pollution in the US. They produce more pollution for less product and less people.