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Since 1990, China shows the greatest increase of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. The Americas, Europe and Eurasia have about the same CO2 emissions in 2012 as in 1990. The small downturn in 2009 emissions coincides with the Great Recession that was not only felt in the United States, but worldwide.

World Carbon Dioxide Emissions, 1990–2012

Graph showing world carbon dioxide emissions from 1990 to 2012.

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Supporting Information

World Carbon Dioxide Emissions, 1990–2012
YearUnited StatesRest of North AmericaCentral & South AmericaEuropeEurasiaMiddle EastAfricaIndiaChinaRest of Asia & Oceania
19905,0417747164,5433,8187307275792,2692,414
19914,9987767384,4523,5217857516212,3692,498
19925,0938007444,3163,1968157646602,4492,568
19935,1888037844,3002,9238407766912,5652,686
19945,2618338124,2422,5818858137412,7542,815
19955,3198318584,3132,4789018268802,8522,909
19965,5058549034,4512,3159358438143,0063,054
19975,5778959494,4612,1529898688562,9183,167
19985,6179229754,4502,1251,0198568932,9163,086
19995,6789319784,3962,2071,0578739512,9333,268
20005,8649579924,4592,2531,0958879913,1653,377
20015,7559431,0144,5132,2041,1209161,0163,2273,426
20025,7999481,0054,4932,2751,1779181,0083,4223,535
20035,8539861,0214,6132,3611,2449681,0223,9603,660
20045,9749911,0624,6582,4401,3351,0161,1214,5973,775
20055,9991,0091,1034,6592,4511,4481,0531,1815,1163,860
20065,9241,0171,1494,6952,5011,5031,0591,2815,5753,917
20076,0241,0351,1694,6572,4681,5311,0871,3665,9084,021
20085,8411,0291,2204,5812,5351,6311,1521,4496,1674,041
20095,4309671,1984,2802,2121,7411,1461,6436,8164,003
20105,5809841,3114,3872,4661,8631,1801,7157,3894,280
20115,4839991,3354,3482,5511,9591,1691,7538,1274,431
20125,2701,0281,4004,2632,6722,0361,2061,8318,1064,498

Source: U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Information Administration, International Energy Statistics, Total Carbon Dioxide Emissions from the Consumption of Energy. Accessed July 2015.

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