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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 from Flaring

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  • This interactive map, line graph, and data table show the per capita CO2 emissions from flaring.
  • The interactive media can be adjusted to view this data for countries or continents throughout the world, starting from the year 1750.
Teaching Tips


  • The resource provides three ways for students to explore data (chart, map, table).
  • Students can choose to view datasets for various geographic locations and time periods.
  • Related research and data sources are linked in the Sources sections.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Learners should be familiar with the concept of  COemissions.
  • Teachers may want to explain flaring to students.


  • Geography classes could use the play feature on the map to see how per capita emissions from flaring have changed over the years. Students could discuss why emissions have remained high, remained low, or changed in various countries.
  • Science and engineering classes could research flaring as well as alternatives to flaring.

Scientist Notes

This resource examines per capita CO2 emissions from flaring, CO2 emissions were normalized with a conversion factor of 3.664. The method used is appropriate. Students can explore this resource to gain knowledge on flaring in selected countries. The 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.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Economics
      • D2.Eco.1.6-8 Explain how economic decisions affect the well-being of individuals, businesses, and society.
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