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Climate TRACE


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Resource Types

  • Interactive Media
  • Charts, Graphs, and Tables

Regional Focus


Climate TRACE: Explore Sectors

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  • This database shows global carbon dioxide equivalent emissions by sector, beginning in 2015.
Teaching Tips


  • The graphic design is clean and sharp.
  • Navigating this resource is intuitive and easy.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students can view the data at the top as a pie chart or bar chart.
  • There are ten sectors for students to explore. Each of the sectors has a dropdown list of subsectors. For each subsector, Climate Trace has included CO2e emissions, definition, source(s), methodology, and data frequency.


  • This data could be used as a hook at the beginning of a unit on climate change. You could have your students rank these ten sectors by climate impact. After students have made their guesses, they can explore the database to see who won the contest.
  • Science or social studies classes could use this inventory as a place to begin research about a specific sector or subsector of global emissions. (e.g., forest fires, rice cultivation, cooking, solid waste disposal, etc.)
  • Students can also check out the Climate Trace Emissions Inventory to explore a more robust database of global emissions, including data from each country.
Scientist Notes
The resource ranks CO2 footprints from 10 economic sectors. Indicators used to measure the sub-components and contributing factors from each sector are appropriate and simplified for students to gain insights. This resource is recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • 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.
      • HS-ESS3-4 Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: Science & Technical Subjects (6-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.10 By the end of grade 8, read and comprehend science/technical texts in the grades 6-8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
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