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Hannah Ritchie, Max Roser


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


Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, Economics

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  • Interactive Media
  • Charts, Graphs, and Tables

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Per Capita Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Sector

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  • This interactive chart and table show per capita greenhouse gas emissions by industrial sector, starting from 1990.
  • Students can use the chart to view the data by continent, country, or category, such as high-income countries.
Teaching Tips


  • The interactive provides two ways for students to explore data (bar chart and table).
  • The Sources section explains how the data was collected.
Additional Prerequisites
  • Learners need to understand the impact of greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Educators should familiarize themselves with this resource before using it in the classroom.
  • The per capita greenhouse gas emissions are measured in tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2e) per person per year.
  • Social studies classes could compare and contrast the greenhouse gas emissions by sector for high-income countries and low-income countries. After examining the data, students could read the UN's Sustainable Development Goals and discuss how the countries can work together to lower global greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Math classes can use the table to examine concepts of relative change and absolute change. 
Scientist Notes

The resource examines various sectors of the economy that emits greenhouse gas per capita. Datasets of emissions from manufacturing, construction energy, transportation, electricity, AFOLU, fugitive, etc. were expressed and normalized over a 100-year period to determine their CO2e. Students can explore to gain deep knowledge of emissions from these sectors. Above all, this resource is recommended for teaching.

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