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Hannah Ritchie, Max Roser, Our World in Data


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


Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, Geography, Mathematics

Resource Types

  • Interactive Media
  • Charts, Graphs, and Tables

Regional Focus


Per Capita CO2 Emissions from Gas

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  • This interactive chart, map, and table show data on per capita carbon dioxide emissions from gas.
  • In the table and chart view, users can see data for per capita carbon dioxide emissions from gas all the way back to the 1880s.
  • Users can choose to view one country's per capita carbon dioxide emissions due to gas at a time or they can view global data.
Teaching Tips


  • The data is available for download.
  • The data shows changes in gas use and carbon dioxide emissions over time in different countries, allowing for multiple comparisons.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be able to read line graphs to understand the data.
  • Students should understand that gas use contributes to carbon dioxide emissions.
  • Students should understand what "per capita" means.


  • Social studies classes could use the table to find the countries that have had the biggest change in carbon emissions from gas and discuss why some countries have become more reliant on gas while others have reduced their reliance on gas. 
  • Geography classes can look at the map to determine which parts of the world produce the highest carbon emission from gas. Students can research why these regions are more likely to use gas. 

Scientist Notes

This resource underscores per capita CO2 emissions from gas normalized with a conversion factor of 3.664, scales are graduated to depict the level of CO2 emissions from gas production. Students can explore this resource to gain deep insights into countries with net importers and exporters of CO2 emissions from gas. The resource 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.
      • 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.
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