Carbon footprints

 

This map is very instructive for its theme. We can highlight its main qualities: firstly, the projection is very useful as it really puts forward the difference between high and low CO2 emissions: the US and China immediately stand out. Moreover, it gives us a ranking of the countries in terms of emissions. And last but not least, it gives the percentage of evolution of CO2 emissions. All of this is really useful for us readers as it shows how clean the countries’ method of productions are, how environment-inclined the population can be (e.g. in the US, not owning a car to drive around is almost inconceivable in most cities), and the countries’ attitude in terms of their emissions: indeed, most Western countries are changing their attitude to try to lower their CO2 emissions, and it’s working for countries such as the UK. However, small percentages can also mean that the countries simply don’t produce enough or that the population doesn’t own enough to produce high carbon emissions altogether.

The only negative point about this map is that sadly, it doesn’t show where the emissions come from (e.g. food, transport, utilities), which would have been valuable information.

This map helps us to understand people’s lifestyles all over the world: the more a country consumes, the more its citizens consume and are thus in need of energy. It is likely that people from a country that consumes much, unless very poor, will have a somewhat opulent lifestyle and will have different values from a person that is from a country that does not consume much.

Source: http://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2011/jan/31/world-carbon-dioxide-emissions-country-data-co2

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