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Global carbon emissions from fossil fuels

Color how global carbon emissions have changed in the last two centuries

Data sources

Global Fossil-Fuel CO2 Emissions (1751-2014) by the Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center (CDIAC), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Accessed May 2017.

The data includes:

How the data was used


A python script is available in the code repository to generate or extend this activity, and can be run like this:


Which will create an svg file showing global carbon emissions from fossil fuels for 1760, 1870, and 2014.