A carbon footprint is a measure of the impact our activities have on the environment. It calculates all the greenhouse gases we are expected to produce in all our activities and measures them in units of carbon dioxide. The world average is about 4,000 kg of carbon dioxide per person. In the UK it is nearly 10,000 kg per person.
As a country develops, its carbon footprint tends to increase. This pattern is shown in the table below, with MEDCs emitting the most carbon dioxide.
|United Arab Emirates||29.4||32.8|