Visualizing energy use and its impacts

Sometimes the best way to understand the world is through visualization of images.

Max Roser

Max Roser

There’s a wonderful web site called Our World in Data, developed by a researcher at Oxford University named Max Roser. The site covers a wide range of topics and visualizes the empirical evidence of how living standards have changed over decades, centuries and millenia.

One set of extremely compelling charts describes increases in CO2 emissions over time. The chart below shows CO2 emissions per capita since 1751.

ourworldindata_global-co2-emissions-per-capita-since-1751_max-roser

The chart below shows European energy use over the last 150 years, and the transition from “muscle” to firewood to coal to oil to gas over time.

150 years of energy sources

Highly recommended, with many charts relating to energy usage and global warming, and many other topics as well.

About davidjkatz

The Moses family has lived on the Stillwater River since 1974, when George and Lucile Moses retired and moved to the Beehive from the Twin Cities. They’re gone now, but their four daughters (pictured at left, on the Beehive) and their families continue to spend time there, and have grown to love the area. This blog started as an email chain to keep the family informed about the threat of increased fracking activity in the area, but the desire to inform and get involved led to the creation of this blog.
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2 Responses to Visualizing energy use and its impacts

  1. M. Beram says:

    Thank you for all that you are sharing..I continue to learn from each one of your postings..I live in the West Virginia Frack fields…My sincere thanks for what your are doing…

    • davidjkatz says:

      Thanks for your kind words. It’s important for all of us, no matter where we live, to help each other deal with the issues created by oil and gas expansion.

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