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Regional Focus


Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Sector

Authors: Hannah Ritchie, Max Roser
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Subjects: Science, Social Studies, Economics, Civics, Geography, Justice, Climate Action
Resource Types:
  • Interactive Media
  • Data
  • This resource includes an interactive line graph that shows Greenhouse Gas Emissions according to the industrial sector, starting from 1990.
  • The graph can be interacted with to show a global view or a regional view by countries or continents.
  • Greenhouse gas emissions are measured in tonnes of carbon dioxide-equivalents (CO₂e).
Teaching Tips


  • The interactive provides two ways for students to explore data (chart and table).
  • Students may choose to view datasets for various geographic locations and time periods.
  • Related research and data are linked.
  • The site explains how the data was collected.
Additional Prerequisites
  • Learners need to be familiar with the concept of gas emissions.
  • Educators would need time to get familiar with this interactive media and decide on how to implement it with the learners.
  • Can be used as a practical application of the uses of line graphs learned in Statistics and Mathematics.
  • There are other related interactive maps for sources of emissions.
  • Useful for creating awareness about one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Scientist Notes

The resource examines various sectors of the economy that emits greenhouse gas. Datasets of emissions from manufacturing, construction energy, transportation, electricity, AFOLU, fugitive etc. were expressed and normalized over a 100 year period to determine their CO2e. Students can explore to gain deep knowledge on emissions from these sectors. Above all, this resource is recommended for teaching.

  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-5 Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
      • HS-ESS3-1 Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 4: Taking Informed Action
      • D4.6.6-8 Draw on multiple disciplinary lenses to analyze how a specific problem can manifest itself at local, regional, and global levels over time, identifying its characteristics and causes, and the challenges and opportunities faced by those trying to address the problem.
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