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Authors

Hannah Ritchie, Max Roser

Grades

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

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, Mathematics

Resource Types

  • Interactive Media
  • Data

Regional Focus

Global

Format

Microsoft Excel

Fossil Fuel Consumption Per Capita

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Synopsis
  • This resource includes an interactive map and graphs that show the fossil fuel consumption per capita, for countries around the world since 1965. 
  • Fossil fuel consumption per capita is measured as the average consumption of energy from coal, oil, and gas per person.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • The interactive provides three different ways for students to explore data (chart, map, table).
  • Related research and data are linked.
  • The site explains how the data was collected.
Additional Prerequisites
  • Learners need to be familiar with the different sources of energy and the economic concept of "per capita."
  • Educator would need time to get familiar with this interactive media and decide on how to implement it with the learners.
Differentiation
  • There are other related interactive maps for other sources of energy. 
  • Can be used to create awareness about one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Scientist Notes

Per capita energy consumption from fossil fuels is concentrated mostly in China and the USA. Consuming energy from low-carbon sources should be prioritized by these countries. This resource is suitable for students to explore actual and relative energy consumption from fossil fuels per capita.

Standards
  • Science and Engineering
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-5 Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
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