This is a simulation built on the Climate Rapid Overview and Decision supports C-ROADS platform developed by the Climate Interactive team, Ventana Systems, and MIT
Click on the image below to go to the interactive Gapfinder Data Tool to see CO2 emissions charted over GDP per Capita
Click on the image below to go to the interactive Gapfinder Data Tool to see CO2 emissions geocoded in time
Google Earth – How a 4 Deg Hotter Planet will look like (2 Deg was the previous danger zone)
Click on the side of the map to start it. The different bands indicate different effects:
brown: forest fires
blue: water scarcity
green: sea level rise
olive: tropical cyclone
Tracking the Supply Chain of CO2 Emissions
For the purposes of the Kyoto treaty, a nation’s carbon footprint is considered to be a sum of all the greenhouse gas released within its borders. However, that approach ignores all the laptops, leggings, lampshades and other goods that rich countries import from China and elsewhere.
A fair global climate deal depends on an expanded measure emissions to allocate some of the carbon pouring out of Chinese, Indian and Mexican factories and power plants to the countries importing good from those countries.
Steven J. Davis, Glen P. Peters and Ken Caldeira of the Carnegie Institution for Science points out that this argument tells only half of the story. If you want to understand how carbon footprints are affected by international trade flows, the paper argues, you need to consider trade not only in gadgets and garments but also in fossil fuels themselves. Country X might import a television that was made in country Y, but country Y in turn may have imported some of the coal, oil or gas consumed by the television factory from country Z.
Click on the image below to go to National Resource Defense Council 2011 interactive Extreme Weather Map of the US
Click on the image below to go to CO2 Scorecard to use their interactive CO2 tool