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These countries emit the most CO2

The fight against climate change was the dominant political issue in early 2020. Then came the corona crisis. Efforts against global warming should now regain momentum. On August 20, Chancellor Angela Merkel met in Berlin with the Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg and her German colleague Luisa Neubauer.

The amount of CO2 emissions is just one factor among many when it comes to branding climate sinners. The energy report of the mineral oil company BP may report falling values ​​in 2021 as a result of the pandemic. It remains to be seen whether this is actually due to a rethinking and institutional changes towards more climate protection.

This year’s BP analysis “Statistical Review of World Energy 2020” (the series has been published since 1952) attests that the global community has at least one good trend in climate protection. As a result, CO2 emissions increased by 0.5 percent in 2019. This means that the unusually strong increase in the previous year of 2.1 percent could again be reduced significantly. The increase in 2019 was also less than half of the ten-year average of plus 1.6 percent per year.

These countries released the most climate-damaging gases in 2019:

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