This data comes from the following sources:
- Story: https://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2011/jan/31/world-carbon-dioxide-emissions-country-data-co2
- Story: http://www.pbl.nl/en/publications/trends-in-global-co2-emissions-2016-report
- Story: https://www.carbonbrief.org/what-global-co2-emissions-2016-mean-climate-change
- How many giga tons?: http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/visualizations/how-many-gigatons-of-co2/
In 2015, after three years of slow growth, the growth of global CO2 emissions from fossil-fuel use and from steel and cement production was brought to a standstill. One of the main causes was the 2% global decrease in coal burning and cement production – the largest decrease over the past five decades, apart from recessions. The global decrease in CO2 emissions from coal use was offset by increasing emissions from the combustion of natural gas and oil products.