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Hannah Ritchie, Max Roser, Our World in Data


6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, Geography, Mathematics

Resource Types

  • Interactive Media
  • Charts, Graphs, and Tables

Regional Focus


Annual CO2 Emissions from Oil

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  • This interactive chart, map, and table show data on global annual carbon dioxide emissions from oil.
  • In the table and chart view, users can see data for carbon dioxide emissions from oil back to 1855.
  • Users can choose to view one country's carbon dioxide emissions due to oil at a time or global data all at once on the map.
Teaching Tips


  • The data can be downloaded.
  • The data shows changes in oil use and carbon dioxide emissions over time in different countries, allowing for multiple comparisons.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be able to read line graphs to understand the data.
  • Students should understand that oil use contributes to carbon dioxide emissions.


  • Before viewing the resource, have students predict five countries that produce the largest amount of carbon dioxide emissions from oil. Ask students to think about what informed their predictions and then allow them to view the resource to see if they were correct. Have students discuss the data in pairs or small groups.
  • Have students analyze the change in the use of oil over time in different countries. Why do some countries use more oil than others?

Scientist Notes

This resource explores CO2 emissions from oil sources, data portrays the relative change in emissions measured in tonnes from countries around the world. This resource will help students to gain insights into the level of CO2 emissions from oil. The resource is valid and recommended for teaching.

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