Did you know that Sunday is Earth Day?
Environmental activists we’re not – but mapping enthusiasts we are! So upon hearing that it was coming up, we decided that a set of earth-related maps would work best in our attempt to inspire some awareness!
Earth Day is intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s natural environment – and consider how things like our energy consumption and burning of fuels (such as oil, natural gas, diesel, and petrol) all have an effect on our planet. This is because when these emissions are released into the atmosphere it remains there for 100 to 200 years – leading to a rise in the earth’s temperature, causing global warming and climate change.**
CO2 emissions are one of the biggest detriments to our earth’s future and one of the biggest contributors to climate change. It’s a topical issue that countries worldwide are attempting to curb. The proof of this is in the pudding – just look at the maps!
Our first map (above) shows global CO2 emissions (measured in metric tonnes (MT) per capita) in 1998. The map illustrates much of what we might have expected to see – the big industrial players of the world such as the US, Germany, Norway, Russia and Saudi Arabia are all amongst the highest regions with CO2 emissions exceeding more than 10 MTs per capita.
Our second map (right) shows that of our first map but a decade later, CO2 emissions (MT per capita) in 2008. Depending on your level of awareness or knowledge on the introduction of policies and news on CO2 emissions, the results may or may not be a surprise to you!
In this map you’ll see China has moved up in their CO2 emissions per capita, while the big players who dominated our 1998 map (Germany, and other Western European countries) have either stagnated in the same position or reduced their CO2 emissions.
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- *Data sourced from the World Bank
- **Source: https://timeforchange.org/CO2-cause-of-global-warming