But only looking at carbon dioxide emissions doesn't give us the total for all greenhouse gases.
So we'll have to wait until the UNFCCC publishes the results of global greenhouse gasses collated data before we can draw any firm conclusions about meeting the Kyoto agreements.
World carbon dioxide emissions are one way of measuring a country's economic growth too.
See how each country compares • Interactive guide• Get the data • Data journalism and data visualisations from the Guardian • Previous year's data The world emits 48% more carbon dioxide from the consumption of energy now than it did in 1992 when the first Rio summit took place.
The new data shows the rise of Asia, big increases in emissions in Africa, how Europe has plateaued - and how Iran has shot up the league table.
This is only available up to 2008.• the International Energy Agency (IEA) has global carbon emissions data up to 2008 But what can we say about this data and how close we are to the collective targets in the Kyoto agreement?
The Kyoto protocol target emission does not include, but this EIA data does.
It emitted 8.3bn tonnes of CO2 in 2010 - up 240% on 1992, 15.5% on the previous year.