Carbon Emissions in Maps

There’s an excellent summary of a new study in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, which provides the most high resolution map ever of greenhouse gas emissions. The researchers produced global maps of emissions at a resolution of 0.1° latitude and longitude (about 11 kilometers at the equator) for 1997 through 2010, drawing upon national emissions reporting and key indicators for each grid including population density, economic activity and estimated emissions intensity for said activity, and records from power plants. The maps also powerfully demonstrate the shifting “center of mass” of emissions to the developing world.

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