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The South China Morning Post published this infographic breaking down the greenhouse gas emissions globally. Information provided:

  • Pollution profile (greenhouse gases) over time since 1980/1995 to 2012
  • Energy consumption by source
  • CO2 from coal in Hong Kong
  • % of land needed in locations around the world to supply electricity from renewables

Key data:

  • China & USA account for > 40% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions
  • Hong Kong: +41,471% increase
  • India: +565% increase
  • China: +499% increase
  • South Korea: + 462% increase
  • Japan: +123% increase
  • South Africa: +97% increase
  • Australia: +27% increase
  • US: +15% increase
  • Germany: -40% decrease¬†
  • Poland: -46% decrease
  • To provide Hong Kong’s total energy consumption, a land mass larger than Hong Kong would be needed for renewables
  • Buildings account for 90% of energy usage in Hong Kong
  • 30% of global energy is produced from coal

Infographic: Alberto Lucas Lopez, South China Morning Post   back-infographic-0103-net