Unexpectedly Intriguing!
16 January 2020

China is, by far and away, the "world's largest emitting country" where the emissions of carbon dioxide are concerned. In 2019, it appears that China managed to raise both the ceiling and the floor for the amount of human-produced CO₂ that was discharged into the Earth's atmosphere through its efforts to stimulate its domestic economy.

Year-Over-Year Change in Parts per Million of Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide, January 1960 - December 2019

In 2018, China's output of CO₂ surpassed the contributions of the world's next three largest carbon dioxide emitting countries, the U.S., India, and Russia, so it went into 2019 building from an elevated platform, even as its economy was slowing.

In 2019, China was suspected of "U-turning back towards dirty 'coal-fired power'", as the country is reported to be "still building an insane number of new coal plants", adding over five times as much coal-fired power generating capacity within its borders as the rest of the world did outside of them.

China is also responsible for funding the development of 300 CO₂-emitting coal-powered generating plants around the world as part of its "Belt-and-Road" checkbook diplomacy initiative.


National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. Earth System Research Laboratory. Mauna Loa Observatory CO2 Data. [File Transfer Protocol Text File]. Updated 7 January 2019. Accessed 12 January 2019.


About Political Calculations

Welcome to the blogosphere's toolchest! Here, unlike other blogs dedicated to analyzing current events, we create easy-to-use, simple tools to do the math related to them so you can get in on the action too! If you would like to learn more about these tools, or if you would like to contribute ideas to develop for this blog, please e-mail us at:

ironman at politicalcalculations.com

Thanks in advance!

Recent Posts

Stock Charts and News

Most Popular Posts
Quick Index

Site Data

This site is primarily powered by:

This page is powered by Blogger. Isn't yours?

CSS Validation

Valid CSS!

RSS Site Feed

AddThis Feed Button


The tools on this site are built using JavaScript. If you would like to learn more, one of the best free resources on the web is available at W3Schools.com.

Other Cool Resources

Blog Roll

Market Links

Useful Election Data
Charities We Support
Shopping Guides
Recommended Reading
Recently Shopped

Seeking Alpha Certified

Legal Disclaimer

Materials on this website are published by Political Calculations to provide visitors with free information and insights regarding the incentives created by the laws and policies described. However, this website is not designed for the purpose of providing legal, medical or financial advice to individuals. Visitors should not rely upon information on this website as a substitute for personal legal, medical or financial advice. While we make every effort to provide accurate website information, laws can change and inaccuracies happen despite our best efforts. If you have an individual problem, you should seek advice from a licensed professional in your state, i.e., by a competent authority with specialized knowledge who can apply it to the particular circumstances of your case.