GDP and energy-related CO2 emissions in selected countries

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A simple comparison between OECD Europe or the United States, and China or India reveals a significant difference in GDP and CO2 trends over time (Figure 1.13). In OECD Europe and the United States, GDP has more than doubled or tripled over the last 40 years while CO2 emissions have increased by 2% and 18% respectively. In China and India, GDP and CO2 emissions have grown at closer rates, reffecting their different stage of economic development. This resulted in China's emissions overtaking those of the United States in 2006, despite its economy being less than one-third the size. ---- Note : MER = Market Exchange Rate. -----Source: International Energy Statistics - http://www.eia.gov/cfapps/ipdbproject/iedindex3.cfm?tid=90&pid=44&aid=8
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