New York City’s greenhouse gas emissions visualised

If you know me a bit, you know I am always looking for visualisation of our energy consumption, or of our carbon footprint, or carbon emissions. i am not sure of the reason [it might be my background, or my attraction to graphic design] but i understand things better when i see them in a graphical shape. and this visualisation of New York`s grennhouse gas emissions it`s just perfect! It really makes you understand and FEEL what it is happening to our environment while we are keeping on using energy and polluting without thinking of the consequences. And it really gives you the idea of how much we are suffocating the planet [but also ourselves…!]

From the Carbon Visual website:

In 2010 (the latest year for which we had data) New York City added 54 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (equivalent) to the atmosphere, but that number means little to most people because it is difficult to have a sense of scale for atmospheric pollution. Carbon Visuals and the Environmental Defense Fund wanted to make those emissions feel a bit more real; this version is exploratory and still work in progress.

Some numbers: In 2010 (the latest year for which data is available) New York City added 54,349,650 million tons a year = 148,903 tons a day = 6,204 tons an hour = 1.72 tons a second At standard pressure and 15°C a metric ton of carbon dioxide gas would fill a sphere 10 m across (density of CO₂ = 1.87 kg/m³). If this is how New York’s emissions actually emerged we would see one of these spheres emerge every 0.58 seconds.

Emissions in 2010 were 12% less than 2005 emissions. The City of New York is on track to reduce emissions by 30% by 2017 – an ambitious target.

10 metre (33 ft) spheres of carbon dioxide gas emerge at a rate of one every 0.58 seconds
A single hour’s emissions from New York City: 6,204 one-tonne spheres

A year’s carbon dioxide emissions from New York City: 54,349,650 one-tonne spheres
A year’s carbon dioxide emissions from New York City: 54,349,650 one-tonne spheres

{via @EcoLabs}

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