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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Is Qatar the Most Polluting Country in the World?

Not in the sense of rivers of acid as one might see in China.

But if you believe in climate change and global warming, Qatar is probably your worst enemy.

Qatar is the top emitter of Co2 in the world. And not just by a smidgeon either.

At a massive 66.6 tonnes of CO2 per person, Qatar emits almost double that of the nearest culprit, the United Arab Emirates.

And close to three times as much as oft-criticised America.

At least, that's according to the clipping sent in by one Qatar Visitor reader.

Graph illustrating the amount of CO2 emitted by the top polluting countries in the world.The source is the World Resources Institute's Climate Analysis Indicators Tool.

For those who live in Qatar it's no suprise.

Lights blaze all night, while landcruisers are slowly being cast aside in favour of even more ridiculously large vehicles.

And with the price of petrol around 20 cents per litre, and most Qataris (and many expats) getting free electricity, there's little incentive to be efficient.

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