Historical record of national CO2 production

Interesting, not sure how accurate, how come Russia has gone down so much? Go down the page to find the display, further down are numerous other infographics on energy use.

Just below the CO2 chart is a mass of charts of population growth that emerge when you click on the first one, barely visible after the post on attitudes to GM food.

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9 Responses to Historical record of national CO2 production

  1. Nob

    Russia hasn’t come down that much, the scale changes to accommodate growth in China.

    Actual reduction in Russia would probably be due to declining heavy industry and increased use of gas.

    It’s not like anyone has actually been measuring CO2 at the point of emission.
    It’s all calculation which must often be based on assumptions where records were scant.

  2. Nob

    The other tweets about food etc and the importance of re-educating the public into veganism are creepy and revealing.

  3. 2dogs

    how come Russia has gone down so much?

    The Warsaw Pact planned economies belched out CO2 without restraint. No environmental regulation there. Once the Iron Curtain fell, the regulators moved in and the emissions dropped dramatically.

    Germany was happy to sign up to a large decrease in CO2 emissions under the Kyoto Protocol – it was easy because the start date was 1990, and therefore included all of the former East German emissions.

  4. Tel

    Once the Iron Curtain fell, the regulators moved in and the emissions dropped dramatically.

    They got access to much more efficient equipment … all imported of course.

  5. Rafe Champion

    Thanks Nob, and others, I missed the scale effect and I don’t really trust any of the figures but the broad pattern is probably ok.

  6. Chris M

    Russian industry is in decline (not unlike here but worse). plus they can produce unlimited fake CO2 certificates. So it’s like a billionaires tax return, how much income would you like to show?

  7. RobK

    If the figures are CO2 equivalents, then Russia’s drop might in part be from a big push they had to address fugitive methane escaping from their gas pipelines which had a poor track record. Apparently northern hemisphere atmospheric CH4 fell following their pipeline maintenance upgrades.

  8. Ubique

    Apparently northern hemisphere atmospheric CH4 fell following their pipeline maintenance upgrades.

    Not that that made even the most infinitesimal difference to anything.

  9. RobK

    Gazprom’s ‘fugitive emissions’ are a problem for Europe

    August 15, 2018 4:00 am

    Eugene Rumer (“ Opposition to Nord Stream 2 makes no sense”, August 13) conveniently neglects to mention the main reason nations want to import natural gas in the first place — to cut air pollution and especially the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change. Seen in this context, increasing Europe’s addiction to ultra-high methane-emitting Russian gas is a serious mistake, one that undermines both European climate promises and many of Dr Rumer’s arguments in favour of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

    Gas production involves leaks of unburned gas such as methane, a greenhouse gas as much as 75 times more powerful than carbon dioxide. If total leaks of natural gas exceed as little as 3.5pc of overall gas volume, gas is no better than coal from a climate change perspective. Yet Russian gas from the notoriously leaky Gazprom production system has “fugitive emissions” rates of at least 5-7 per cent. The Obama administration estimated that US shale gas, in contrast, involves leaks of only about 1.5 per cent.

    Germany and other nations are locking in dependence on high-emitting Russian gas with long-term contracts, but not insisting on a clean-up of Gazprom’s leaks. The new Nord Stream 2 pipeline from Russia to Germany would increase Germany’s imports of Russian gas from the current 50 per cent of gas imports to between 60 or 70 per cent.

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