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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


Per Capita CO2 Emissions by Sector

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  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.2.6-8 Use maps, satellite images, photographs, and other representations to explain relationships between the locations of places and regions, and changes in their environmental characteristics.
      • D2.Geo.3.9-12 Use geographic data to analyze variations in the spatial patterns of cultural and environmental characteristics at multiple scales.
    • 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.
  • Common Core Math Standards (CCSS.MATH)
    • Statistics & Probability: Making Inferences & Justifying Conclusions (9-12)
      • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.HSS.IC.B.6 Evaluate reports based on data.
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