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https://www.worldometers.info/co2-emissions/

https://ourworldindata.org/co2-and-other-greenhouse-gas-emissions#co2-and-greenhouse-gas-emissions-country-profiles

China accounts for 29% and USA 14% of total world CO2 emissions currently but China’s population is more than 4 times that of USA. On a per capita basis China is way down the list at 42nd and USA is 16th in the world. India, with a comparable population to China is 126th. The countries at the top of the per capita list surprised me being Qatar, Montenegro, Kuwait and Trinidad and Tobago (really?). It also surprised me Ireland is so high up on that list above UK and China.

What is the fairest way to assess a country’s contribution? Is it overall or on a per capita basis or a mixture of both? Are there other factors that ought to be considered such as consumption vs export etc?