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• The emissions attributable to the world’s richest 1 percent of people are double those of the world’s poorest 50 percent. In the United States, the richest 1 percent of people have incomes of at least $500,000 annually. 

• Carbon-dioxide levels dropped 7 percent worldwide in 2020 because of economic shutdowns. To meet the goals set out in the Paris Agreement, the world would need to reduce carbon-dioxide levels by 7.6 percent per year. 

• More than 59 billion tons of carbon-dioxide emissions were produced worldwide in 2019, the most in history.

Sources: United Nations and The Washington Post