Welcome to my first instalment of Map Monday. The maps in this post, and their descriptions, come from a fantastic website at carbonmap.org. This particular series, called The Carbon Map, actually has an animated visualization of the maps shown below, plus more. I highly recommend taking a look at their site.
I’ll let the cartograms (which we learned about in my recent post on World Maps), speak for themselves.
Population: In this map, Country sizes show total population (2013) – which includes all residents except refugees. Asia balloons enormously, emphasizing that more than half of the world’s people live there.
Extraction: In this map, Country sizes show the eventual CO₂ emissions from oil, coal and gas extracted (2013) each year. Many of these fuels are exported rather than used domestically, but arguably the countries extracting and selling fossil fuels bear a degree of responsibility for the resulting emissions.
Emissions: In this map, Countries are sized to show their annual CO₂ emissions from fossil fuel use and cement production (2013). This is the conventional way to view national emissions, but it ignores imports and exports of fossil fuels, goods and services.
Consumption: In this map, Country sizes show the carbon footprint of all goods and services consumed in a nation (2012), including imports and excluding exports. Compared to the Emissions map, major exporters such as China shrink, while net importers such as the UK grow.
People at risk: In this map, Country sizes show the number of people injured, left homeless, displaced or requiring emergency assistance due to floods, droughts or extreme temperatures in a typical year. Climate change is expected to exacerbate many of these threats. And may I add that there are populations at risk that don’t show up because of low populations, but millennia-old cultures as far-ranging as the Inuit in the far north and low-lying island nations are at huge risk from these warming temperatures and rising seas.
Sea level: In this map, Country sizes show the number of people living less than 5m above sea level. Some low-lying populations will find themselves exposed to rising sea levels in the coming decades and centuries.
Yes, that’s what we’re doing to our planet, folks. It’s not a pretty sight, is it?!