Although the U.S. only comprises 5% of the the world’s population, we consume 20% of the world’s energy. Does this make you, as an American citizen, 20 times worse than the average Indian, 4 times worse than the average Brazilian and twice as bad as the average German? Or does it mean you live, work and play that much harder? Take a look and see what you see...
By importing goods from polluting factories in Asia, Americans and others in developed countries underwrite carbon emissions...
This is a compelling question: are reductions in greenhouse gases best measured by production or consumption? The question that this article is posing is essentially trying to find blame for greenhouse gas emmision, but thinking geographically, ponders where along the commodity chain should the bulk of the blame be placed. What do you think?
Energy Information Administration - EIA - Official Energy Statistics from the U.S.
This goes nicely with the carbon footprint data that was recently posted. Although that was data aggregated at the national level and this is on the 'world realms' level, many of the same patterns are visible without the same specificity.
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Energy usage projects to be one of the great geograpical problems of our time. As ideas such as sustainable economic growth enter the public consciousness, changes to the status quo seem as the more inevitable for the future. That will the future of consumption look like? What should it look like?
One of the key things I reinforce in conversations about globalization is that the advantages are unevenly distributed and the negative externalities to the system are also unevenly distributed. This clever infographic highlights both rather effectively.
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