Carbon map of the world

The Guardian today published a great interactive carbon map of the world. Click on the image to get to it.

Some observations:

  • Asia-Oceania’s emissions have more than doubled in the last ten years, driven mostly by growth in India and China.

    The Guardian headlines fuss about how China has now overtaken the US as the world’s biggest emitter — but of course, China’s per capita emissions of carbon remain far lower. (Greater villains by far, for example, the usually civilised Canadians, who have pursued oil relentlessly, increasing emissions by 54% since 1990, according to the HDI.)

  • Germany’s emissions grew only 1% over the last 10 years.
  • Oops – the Danes are hosting the COP15 talks to replace the Kyoto Protocol in December – and their own emissions grew 10% over just the last couple of years.
  • US emissions down 2% from 2005-6; during the Bush years, and relative boom, very interesting.

Correction: The first version of this post mistakenly referred to the US overtaking China in emissions; of course, it’s the other way around – China is overtaking the US in total emissions, though of course remains far behind in emissions per person.

Guardian carbon emissions map

Guardian carbon emissions map

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About David

I am an environmental writer, journalist and speaker living in Cape Town, South Africa.
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