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A Map of History's Biggest Greenhouse Gas Polluters

A Map of History's Biggest Greenhouse Gas Polluters | green infographics | Scoop.it

A select few countries have been responsible for the majority of the world's CO2 emissions since the '70s.

To know the biggest CO2 spewers in recent history, have a look at these animated maps from the Paris-based data designer "JeremY Boy." They show the countries responsible for the bulk of emissions since 1971, with pulsating, foul-looking clouds each representing 300 million tonnes of C02. Note that some countries are left blank due to missing or incomplete information (certain governments don't accurately track bunker fuels, for instance), and that the data refers only to emissions from burning fossil fuels, not smaller sources like incinerating waste materials.

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Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, March 29, 6:34 AM

But while emissions are a global problem, the blame for producing them is not. A few countries have been disproportionately responsible for clouding the air with climate-bending gases. And though they may have cleaned up their act in recent years, significant damage has already been done.

 
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The Seas of Plastic | Visual.ly

The Seas of Plastic | Visual.ly | green infographics | Scoop.it

'We created an interactive data visualisation about plastic pollution in the world’s oceans based on a study that our scientist and oceanographer Laurent Lebreton published in 2012. It is based on the results of a numerical model of floating marine debris and serves to identify the 5 plastic gyres as well as other accumulation zones. Furthermore it provides an insight to relative contributors by regions and allows for comparison by region and accumulation zone.'

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Watch 62 Years of Global Warming in 13 Seconds

Watch 62 Years of Global Warming in 13 Seconds | green infographics | Scoop.it

An amazing 13-second NASA animation depicting how the globe has warmed during the period of 1950 to 2012.


From our friends at NASA comes this amazing 13-second animation that depicts how temperatures around the globe have warmed since 1950. You’ll note an acceleration of the temperature trend in the late 1970s as greenhouse gas emissions from energy production increased worldwide and clean air laws reduced emissions of pollutants that had a cooling effect on the climate, and thus were masking some of the global warming signal.


The data come from NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York (GISS), which monitors global surface temperatures. As NASA notes, “All 10 of the warmest years in the GISS analysis have occurred since 1998, continuing a trend of temperatures well above the mid-20th century average.

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Diedert Debusscher's curator insight, January 28, 2013 1:25 AM

Why we should care about global warming. And keep working on solutions (they exist).

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Don't Worry, Drive On: Fossil Fools & Fracking Lies

Don't Worry, Drive On: Fossil Fools & Fracking Lies | green infographics | Scoop.it
Two things never seem to change about crude oil: the constant warnings that our thirst for it is unsustainable, and the fact that we continue to use it...

 

These two troubling trends are issues which should be dealt with, and quickly, as this intriguing motion graphic from The Post Carbon Institute points out.
They make the case that in recent years the political rhetoric has increased, pointing to so-called “new” technologies as solutions to the un-sustainability of fossil fuels. One such technology, fracking, aims high pressure water and chemicals into our soils, releasing both oil and natural gasses. In fact an old technology, a multitude of problems arise from its use, not least of which is the pollution of ground waters and the destabilization of soils resulting in earthquakes in previously stable areas. As if that wasn’t bad enough, the technology is expensive to use and only begins to makes sense financially in a world with high enough fuel prices – the world of today.


Isn’t it time we start getting realistic about our true fuel situation? Watch the video at the link for more information, then check out The Post Carbon Institute to show your support...

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America and the West’s dirty little secret

America and the West’s dirty little secret | green infographics | Scoop.it
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?  


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US Carbon Footprint Dominates…Because of Spam

US Carbon Footprint Dominates…Because of Spam | green infographics | Scoop.it
In the world of environmental pollution there are three big players; the US, India, and China. Currently leading the race...the U.S. And it may be for a reason that you have never thought of.

It’s been a known fact that the U.S. has dominated the tech industry for some time, and while they have brought many inspirational innovations to protect our environment and advance our efficiency, the technology sector could be responsible for our large carbon footprint caused by spam emails...

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Visualization: Emissions data for seven coal-fired power plants

Visualization: Emissions data for seven coal-fired power plants | green infographics | Scoop.it

Two decades ago, Democrats and Republicans together sought to protect Americans from nearly 200 dangerous chemicals in the air they breathe. Today, hundreds of communities are still exposed to the pollutants, which can cause cancer, birth defects and other serious health issues.
The Center and other Investigative News Network members produced reports for this nationwide collaborative investigation, led by the Center for Public Integrity’s iWatch News and National Public Radio.

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Facts about pollution

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Infographic: Facts About Pollution

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Facts On Fracking, Pros & Cons of Hydraulic Fracturing For Natural Gas

Facts On Fracking, Pros & Cons of Hydraulic Fracturing For Natural Gas | green infographics | Scoop.it

In case your just getting up to speed on the loudly contentious debate about fracking then we've got an infographic for you. Produced by WellHome, it goes over the talking points of both proponents and detractors with a fairly even hand (though I have to say that the financial viability of fracking isn't as sure as the graphic makes it seem).

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The Human Cost of Energy

The Human Cost of Energy | green infographics | Scoop.it

Deadly accidents involving nuclear reactors, oil rigs and coal mines in recent months remind us that all forms of energy generation carry risks. For coal, mining tends to be the most dangerous step; for oil and gas, most accidents occur during distribution; and for nuclear, generating plants are on the hot seat.

The lion’s share of human costs, however, comes not from accidents but from pollution, which makes fossilfuels the most dangerous form of energy generation. 

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The Real Beauty of Forests - An Infographic from the National Forest Foundation

The Real Beauty of Forests - An Infographic from the National Forest Foundation | green infographics | Scoop.it

The truth about why forests are crucial for the environment.


It's easy to forget all the amazing things forests do for us. Take a few minutes to discover why the trees in America's National Forests play such an important role in our world.

Visit NationalForests.org to learn more.

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Water: Cooperation or Competition | Infographic

Water: Cooperation or Competition | Infographic | green infographics | Scoop.it

To help promote the International Year of Water Cooperation, which is launched this week, this diagram explores the main challenges faced by water cooperation today...

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How Much Have We Polluted? [infographic]

How Much Have We Polluted? [infographic] | green infographics | Scoop.it

How Much Have We Polluted?

An infographic added to Visual.ly by ElkanoData...

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Global Warming: a new report on loss of life and global economic damage

Global Warming: a new report on loss of life and global economic damage | green infographics | Scoop.it

From devastating floods in China and the Philippines to droughts in Africa, the extreme weather patterns that hit the United States have impacted sites around the world as the face of global warming.

According to a new report, climate change has already contributed to 400,000 deaths per year and over $699 billion, 0.9 percent annually, in loss to gross domestic product (GDP). The report estimates even greater damage from air pollution caused by the burning of fossil fuels. also driving global warming.

'Climate Vulnerability Monitor: A Guide to the Cold Calculus of a Hot Planet (2nd Edition)' was written by over 50 scientists, economists and policy experts, and commissioned by 20 governments. The study calculates and compares the vulnerability of 184 countries in terms of environmental disasters, habitat change, health impact and industry stress.

Read on for statistics, implications and global health issues related to these new findings, proving that 'failing to deal with global warming will have real and lasting impacts on local communities, economies, health and safety, and people around the world.'

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Why Cities? Ending Climate Change Begins in the City

Why Cities? Ending Climate Change Begins in the City | green infographics | Scoop.it
The climate change debate has been going on for years, with people on both sides of the fence arguing for its existence — and against it.

It’s hard to argue or turn a blind eye to the fact that, as the world’s population continues to grow, cities are becoming more and more crowded and the day-to-day pollution put into the environment by humans is starting to have an effect on our world. The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) is a network of the world’s mega cities committed to addressing climate change, and have a meaningful global impact. They have created this stellar interactive graphic to help spread the news...

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Bikes Can Save Us! [infographic]

Bikes Can Save Us! [infographic] | green infographics | Scoop.it

Today’s infographic, How Bikes Can Save Us, suggests that by switching from gas guzzling cars to fat burning bikes we can do more than help the planet, we can help ourselves. Isn’t that nice? We can be selfish while still helping out the planet that is nice enough to house even though we just shit all over it. Anyway enjoy today’s infographic and keep sharing!

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Global Greenhouse Pollution Surge Continues

Global Greenhouse Pollution Surge Continues | green infographics | Scoop.it
The United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reports that greenhouse pollution continues to build in the global atmosphere at a terrifying rate.

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Two Decades of Spills

Two Decades of Spills | green infographics | Scoop.it
Since 1990, more than 110 million gallons of crude and petroleum products have spilled from America’s pipeline network.
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Visual Loop - Consumerism Stats

Visual Loop - Consumerism Stats | green infographics | Scoop.it

On an issue that really has a visible impact in our lives: Consumerism.
When we look up at the numbers behind the impact, and think about the ongoing debate about climate change and the all the other environmental impacts caused by that lifestyle, one thing gets clear: we need to change.
Take a look at some of the numbers we’re bringing you here, and think about it.
Or better yet, act upon it.

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World’s 20 Biggest CO2 Emitters

World’s 20 Biggest CO2 Emitters | green infographics | Scoop.it

Infographic credit: The New Ecologist Infographic on: World’s 20 Biggest CO2 Emitters...

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