CO2 historical data added and total emissions added

We have now added data on CO2 emissions per capita from fossil fuels going back to 1820 (or close to the start of the industrial use of fossil fuels). We have also added data on total emissions for the same country. A new example graph shows per capita CO2 emissions on the Y axis and total emissions as the size of each bubble. This graph is available here.

Press the “Play” button to see trends over the last 90 years. Among other things, it highlights that while China is close to passing the United States as the largest emitter of CO2, China’s per capita emissions are still much lower than those of the United States.

6 thoughts on “CO2 historical data added and total emissions added

  1. Staffan
    This is extremely helpful, except that I am looking to download an excel file for total CO2, and the link you gave in your previous email was to CO2 per capita. Can you send me the link for total CO2?

  2. Hi guys,

    first of all, thanks for this great tool!

    I have to questions about your CO2 graph:
    1. Is there a way to limit the range of values on the y-axis? Since there are some small countries that apparently have some off the record values for the p.c. emissions the highest value is 130. However, to see the cruicial development of the big emitters a scale up to 30 would be sufficient
    2. The cumulated co2-emission values seem odd to me. All the bubbles have more or less the same size in 2005 (and Qatar’s value is greater than the one of the US)…

    Thanks for you assistance! Chris, thanks for you questions.
    1. Yes you can change the scale, although it’s perhaps not the most exact tool. Just click the magnifying-glass in the bottom right corner, clic and drag to mark on the part of the chart you want to zoom in and voila.

    Over course: If you are using the graph in a lecturing situation and want to set the max value to an exact value you can alsways manually change the long and cryptic url in the web-address-field. In the end of the long there are some parameters you can change. If it ends like this:
    “(…) scale=log;dataMin=240;dataMax=119849$map_y;scale=lin;dataMin=-2.7251;dataMax=136$map_s;sma=49;smi=2.65$cd;bd=0$inds=”

    Try change Y-scale dataMax to 30 instead of 136.
    “(…) scale=log;dataMin=240;dataMax=119849$map_y;scale=lin;dataMin=-2.7251;dataMax=30$map_s;sma=49;smi=2.65$cd;bd=0$inds=”

    Once you changed the url you can save it as a book mark. But thats overcourse, its much easier just to zoom in.

    2. It looks strange to me too, we will look into it. Thanks!

    /Staffan, Gapminder

  3. Guys,
    is there a way to limit the bubble size to (a) a maximum, or (b) a range?
    Example: The bubble size should indicate the inflation rate, (a) up to a maximum of 10%, or (b) within a range of -1% and 10%.
    The problem is that extremes such as Angola’s 2,091% make smaller values indiscernible.

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