This Breathing Earth – Co2 Emissions Visualised
I spent some five minutes on breathingearth.net watching the earth breath. In the time that elapsed some 3,567 people had been born worldwide and 1,619 people had died. Total carbon emissions of countries around the globe had reached 602,987 tonnes. Countries lit up in various colours. Red for those emitting 1000 tonnes of Co2 right there and then, brown for those emitting under that amount and yellow for those over 1000 tonnes. The map changes all the time but the general color is gloomy dark golden. The US is gloriously red almost continuously, as are Australia, Russia, many African countries. Europe is a lot cleaner, according to the map.
The site visualises the biggest environmental issue of today realistically. All data used for the map is based on official figures. Breathing earth’s designer David Bleja, a.k.a. Stillwater, says he’s sourced newborns/deaths data from the 2005 World Fact Book. Carbon dioxide emission data was provided by the United Nations. The project’s aim was to show the different impacts various countries have on climate change and judging from the site that goal has been achieved.
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