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Hannah Ritchie, Max Roser


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


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

Resource Types

  • Interactive Media
  • Charts, Graphs, and Tables

Regional Focus


CO2 Emissions by Sector

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  • This interactive line graph and table show CO₂ emissions according to the industrial sector, starting beginning in 1990.
  • Students can view the data in the chart in a number of different ways by selecting a country, a region, or the world.

Teaching Tips


  • The interactive provides two ways for students to explore data (chart and table).
  • The Sources section explains how the data was collected.
Additional Prerequisites
  • Learners need to be familiar with the concept of carbon emissions.
  • Educators may need time to get familiar with this interactive media and decide how to use it in the classroom.
  • Statistics and math classes can use the line graphs and tables in this resource to discuss practical applications for statistics and math skills.
  • Before using the resource, have students predict which industries are responsible for the most carbon dioxide emissions and then have them compare their predictions to the actual data. 
Scientist Notes

The resource explores 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 deep knowledge on emissions from these sectors. Above all, this resource is recommended for teaching.

  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • 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.
      • MS-ESS3-5 Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 4: Taking Informed Action
      • D4.6.6-8 Draw on multiple disciplinary lenses to analyze how a specific problem can manifest itself at local, regional, and global levels over time, identifying its characteristics and causes, and the challenges and opportunities faced by those trying to address the problem.
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