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Authors

Hannah Ritchie, Max Roser

Grades

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

Subjects

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

Resource Types

  • Interactive Media
  • Charts, Graphs, and Tables

Regional Focus

Global

Per Capita CO2 Emissions by Sector

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Synopsis
  • This interactive chart and table allow students to explore the per capita CO2 emissions for any country or globally starting from 1990.
  • The data can be customized and downloaded.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This resource shows students where most CO2 emissions come from on a per capita basis and how they have changed over time.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should know how to read a line graph and a global map and should be familiar with the term fugitive emissions.
  • Students may need some background information about CO2, both as a greenhouse gas and as an unregulated ozone-depleting substance.
Differentiation
  • In social studies classes, students can work in small groups to compare the per capita carbon emissions from two countries. Students can notice how the countries' per capita emissions compare by industry and overall.
  • Science classes can show students the data as a way to introduce a lesson on global warming and climate change.
Scientist Notes

The resource explores per capita CO2 emissions segregated by sector from fugitive emissions, manufacturing, construction energy, transportation, electricity, AFOLU, etc. were expressed in tonnes per year. Students can explore to gain insights into emissions from these sectors. Above all, this resource is recommended for teaching.

Standards
  • Science and Engineering
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-4 Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth’s systems.
  • Social Studies
    • Geography
      • Geography 1 (F1): Students understand the geography of the community, Maine, the United States, and various regions of the world, and geographic influences on life in the past, present, and future by using the geographic grid and a variety of types of maps, including digital sources, to locate and access relevant geographic information that reflects multiple perspectives.
      • Geography 1 (F1): Students understand the geography of the United States and various regions of the world and the effect of geographic influences on decisions about the present and future by analyzing the local, national, and global geographic data on physical, environmental, and cultural processes that shape and change places and regions.
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