Unexpectedly Intriguing!
April 29, 2011

You may have to stand back from your monitor screen to fully appreciate the layout design of the information, but Stanley Kay's information-rich data visualization wonderfully communicates the relative size of each of the world's nation's carbon emissions:

Global Carbon Footprint

Here's Stanford Kay's description of his infographic:

Originally conceived as one of my Myth Buster information graphics for Newsweek's International Edition, a piece on global carbon emissions showing both national and per capita data has found a home in the April issue of the Atlantic Monthly. The image of a footprint is composed of circles sized relative to the carbon emissions of each nation and color coded according to region. In the final version of this information graphic there will be a second footprint of per capita emissions by nations. That will be a very different picture. The leader in per capita emissions is Gibraltar followed by the Virgin Islands. The U.S. drops down to number twelve and China falls way down the list due to its large population. It appears that countries that don't grow or produce much have the largest footprint because they have to import almost everything they need.

HT: Core77.

Source

Kay, Stanford. Information Graphics. Global Carbon Emissions. Accessed 28 April 2011.

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