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Mapped: The World’s Largest CO2 Importers and Exporters

Whose emissions are they? Carbon Brief provides a visual interpretation of the relationship between carbon dioxide imports and exports:

Economies in countries like China create products, using carbon dioxide, that are then sold in other nations, which begs the question — who should those emission be credited to? The countries that produce and sell, or the countries that buy and consume? Zeke Hausfather from Carbon Brief uses graphs and maps to illustrate the role of different countries in carbon dioxide emissions.

While many countries have reduced their own greenhouse gas emissions, particularly in Europe and across the U.S., they still import goods produced with excessive GHG emission in other countries. A series of charts from Carbon Brief depict the relationship between importing and exporting carbon dioxide around the world.

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