The world’s top 5 CO2 emitting countries

Grade level: 3rd – 5th

Skills: Circle graph

Related environmental issues: Climate change

Area level: Global

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The circle graph on the right shows how much carbon dioxide is emitted from the world’s top 5 CO2-emitting countries.

  1. What country emits the largest amount of carbon dioxide in the world?
  2. What county emits five times as much carbon dioxide as Germany?
  3. What percentage of carbon dioxide is emitted from either China or Japan?
  4. Which combined three countries emit half of the carbon dioxide emitted in the world?

Source: Trends in Global CO2 emissions 2014 Repor, PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency

Note) The data used here is the amount of Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from fossil fuel combustion and from industrial processes in 2013

EU and the Russian Federation are excluded here since they are counted as a region.


Answer keys

  1. China
  2. The United States
  3. 33% (29+4=33)
  4. China, the United States, and India