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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


Share of Global Cumulative CO2 Emissions

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  • This interactive resource allows students to explore the percentage of global CO2 emissions emitted by various countries, with data beginning in 1750.
  • Students can view the data as a world map, line graph, and data table.
Teaching Tips


  • This allows students to visually see the cumulative emissions over time and see the change in emissions for various countries.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should know how to read a map and a line graph and be familiar with percentages.
  • The data and visuals are available to download.


  • This resource could be incorporated into math classes when working with percentages.
  • Social studies classes could use this data to discuss economic resources for global climate solutions that take into account historic emissions.
  • Students can explore issues of justice related to emissions by identifying connections between the share of emissions and the income level of the country.
  • Other resources that are directly related to this issue include: CO2 Data Explorer and Annual CO2 Emissions
Scientist Notes

The resource highlights cumulative CO2 emissions data shared from different countries. Metrics were standardized to calculate the relative and actual changes in percentages. Thus, it is recommended for teaching.

  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-3 Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
      • 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.
  • 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.
  • Common Core Math Standards (CCSS.MATH)
    • Ratios & Proportional Relationships (6-7)
      • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.7.RP.A.2 Recognize and represent proportional relationships between quantities.
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