Saturday, November 27

Climate change: the 5 countries that have historically contributed the most to global warming

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Deforestation in the Amazon.

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The study takes into account, for the first time, emissions caused by deforestation, not just the burning of fossil fuels.

The United States first, followed at some distance by China, then Russia, Brazil and Indonesia.

These five countries are, according to a new survey on the historical accumulation of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, the major polluters of the world.

The study, carried out by the Carbon Brief think tank on the eve of the 26th United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP26), which begins November 1 in Glasgow, Scotland, focuses on the period between 1850 and 2021.

And, for the first time, it takes into account the deforestation when accounting for the release of CO2. That is why Brazil and Indonesia are in a prominent place.

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