A Global Breakdown of Greenhouse Gas Emissions by
A Global Breakdown of Greenhouse Gas
Emissions by Sector
In a few decades, greenhouse gases (GHGs)—chiefly
in the form of CO₂ emissions—have risen at unprecedented rates as a
result of global growth and resource consumption.
To uncover the major sectors where these
emissions originate, this graphic from
Our World in Data pulls in data from 2016 courtesy of Climate
Watch and the World Resources Institute, when total emissions reached
49.4 billion tonnes of CO₂ equivalents (CO₂e).
Sources of GHG Emissions
Global GHG emissions can be roughly
traced back to four broad categories: energy, agriculture, industry,
and waste. Overwhelmingly, almost three-quarters of
GHG emissions come from our energy consumption.
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