The world’s Co2 emissions

The world’s Co2 emissions

At Carbon Visuals they think that seeing the world’s emissions is essential to enabling people to address the scale of climate change.

In 2012 we added over 39 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. We could fill a volume the size of the UN Secretariat Building with our carbon dioxide emissions in less than half a second. We could fill it 133 times a minute. The pile of one metric ton spheres in the film, which represents one day’s emissions, is 3.7 km high (2.3 miles) and 7.4 km across (4.6 miles).

The world’s use of fossil fuels is increasing, not decreasing. Renewable energy will help, but it cannot keep up with the demand for energy. The International Renewable Energy Agency’s most optimistic road-map suggests that renewables will not displace fossil fuels for decades, although the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) calls for more rapid change. “There is no ambiguity in the message,” said UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, adding “Please reduce your investments in the coal and fossil fuel-based economy.”

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