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Hannah Ritchie, Max Roser


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


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

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  • Interactive Media
  • Charts, Graphs, and Tables

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Per Capita Methane Emissions

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  • This resource is an interactive map, graph, and table that show the annual per capita methane emissions for countries throughout the world, starting from 1990.
  • The methane emissions are measured in tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents, which takes into account the global warming potential of the gas.
Teaching Tips


  • The interactive provides three different ways for students to explore the data (chart, map, table).
  • Students can customize the interactive to view different countries, continents, and years.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Learners need to be familiar with the concept of gas emission and the economic concept of per capita.


  • This resource can be used as a practical application of the uses of line graphs learned in Mathematics.
  • Students can research the main sources of methane emissions, how methane compares to other greenhouse gases, and possible solutions to minimize future emissions.
  • Students can identify high-emitting and low-emitting countries and explore characteristics of these countries that could help account for their level of emissions.
Scientist Notes

This resource outlines per capita CH4 emissions aggregated from selected countries. Ideally, Global warming potentials for CH4 was calculated within a period of 100 years was taken into account to get the sum of CO2 equivalent expressed in tonnes. 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.
      • HS-ESS3-5 Analyze geoscience data and the results from global climate models to make an evidence-based forecast of the current rate of global or regional climate change and associated future impacts to Earth systems.
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