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Global Carbon Project


6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, Geography

Resource Types

  • Interactive Media
  • Charts, Graphs, and Tables

Regional Focus


Per Capita CO2 Emissions

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  • This resource includes an interactive global map, table, and chart that provide data on per capita carbon dioxide emissions by country between 1750 and 2020.
  • The table lists all countries, and students can sort the data by country name, emissions, or change in emissions.
Teaching Tips


  • Students can click on the triangle icon at the front of the timeline and watch an animation of the data progression.
  • The chart, maps, and table can be downloaded.
  • This resource provides recent and historical data and lets students see how per capita emissions have changed over time. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should have basic geography knowledge and a basic understanding of the term carbon emissions.


  • This resource allows students to use their critical thinking skills to examine the connection between a country's carbon emissions and its population size, climate, natural resources, personal choices, and industrial activities.
  • Before using this resource, teachers could ask students to write down some predictions about which countries have historically high per capita carbon emissions and which countries currently have high per capita emissions. After using the resource, students could discuss what surprised them.
Scientist Notes

The resource contains accurate datasets and there is no outlier identified. It is suitable to improve students' knowledge of the relative and actual change in per capita CO2 emissions globally. This is recommended for teaching.

  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-4 Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth's systems.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 1: Developing Questions and Planning Inquiries
      • D1.5.6-8 Determine the kinds of sources that will be helpful in answering compelling and supporting questions, taking into consideration multiple points of views represented in the sources.
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.2.6-8 Use maps, satellite images, photographs, and other representations to explain relationships between the locations of places and regions, and changes in their environmental characteristics.
      • D2.Geo.10.6-8 Analyze the ways in which cultural and environmental characteristics vary among various regions of the world.
    • Dimension 2: History
      • D2.His.14.6-8 Explain multiple causes and effects of events and developments in the past.
      • D2.His.1.9-12 Evaluate how historical events and developments were shaped by unique circumstances of time and place as well as broader historical contexts.
      • D2.His.14.9-12 Analyze multiple and complex causes and effects of events in the past.
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