This animated GIF graph shows the recorded Global cumulative CO2 emissions for the 160-year period 1850 to 2010. The growth of the world population during that period is also depicted. Data is shown in 5-year intervals.


  • The countries with the largest historic CO2 emissions are: The United States (31%), China (11%), Germany (7%) and the United Kingdom (6%).
  • CO2 emission records started with the industrialisation of Europe and the United States, but more than half of the CO2 emissions were recorded after 1980. It is not the industrialization that is responsible for global warming, but the exponentially increasing energy consumption.
  • CO2 records from before and after the dissolution of the USSR do not match.
  • In 1970, the world population was half of what it was in 2010.

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Mikhail Bakunin

Even the most wretched individual of our present society could not exist and develop without the cumulative social efforts of countless generations.