Visualizing CO2 emissions by country and state
On Sept. 21, the largest mobilization against climate change in history occurred in New York City. Organizers estimate as many as 310,000 people from all walks of life gathered together to urge world leaders to take action against global warming. Two days later, President Obama announced a new executive order and other initiatives to combat the threat of climate change at the United Nations summit, which UN Assistant Secretary General Robert C. Orr called “the largest gathering of global leaders in history on the subject of climate change.”
While there’s a growing consensus that world leaders need to take dramatic action to prevent the worst effects of climate change, the severity of the problem is still not widely understood. Take a look at the infographics above to see how much carbon dioxide the world’s leading nations currently produce, and what needs to be done to bring it down to non-dangerous levels.