02/21/2012 04:54 EST | Updated 02/21/2012 07:09 EST

Top 10 Most Polluting Countries: Who Emits The Most CO2? (PHOTOS)


Which country emits the most carbon dioxide? With climate change a massive political, environmental and business issue it's worth taking a look at who emits the most CO2 in the world.

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The following slideshow looks at the world's biggest polluters. The data, preliminary numbers from 2010, is taken from the U.S. government's Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Centre.

Not surprisingly, the world's largest economies, those in the G8, figure prominently in the list. See the slideshow below:

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