Although Westerners are accustomed to thinking of China and India as third world nations, in the last 20 years rapid industrialization has caused these two countries to join the West in greenhouse gas output. Thanks to its reliance on coal for electricity generation, China is now the most polluting country on the planet. India is the fourth most polluting.
Less populous nations with petroleum resources are also contributing heavily to climate change. Whether these countries are in the Middle East, Africa or elsewhere, exploitation of carbon based energy is a common cause. Iran, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and More »