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The Carbon Map > 11 Indicators on Responsibility and Vulnerability

Have you ever seen an interactive world map that points at countries responsibility in terms of carbon impact? One that goes as far as breaking down carbon impact into categories such as resources extraction, resources consumption, or the amount of resources available that could be burned? What if it also indicated the locations where population is at risk in regards to climate change factors, sea level rise, or poverty?

Because all of it is definitely worth a look, let us introduce you to Duncan Clark and Robin Houston’s interactive carbon map.


When a British consultant environment editor meets a British web developer and mathematician, it can sometimes result in the birth of an “animated cartogram tool to explore responsibility for climate change.”

Not only does {{LNK|the Carbon Map|http://www.carbonmap.org/}} offer the possibility to look at the world under uncommon angles, it also tells us about the history of climate change, as you can "shade" the map to see the evolution of CO2 emissions throughout the world between 1990 and 2008 for instance. To illustrate climate change responsibility and vulnerability, the carbon map’s eleven criteria have been gathered in three groups:

Background
- Area > Most world maps don’t show the « actual land area »
- Population > Emphasize on countries with the bigger density
- Wealth > Total GDP

Responsibility
- Extraction > CO2 emissions from oil, coal and gas extracted
- Emissions > CO2 emissions from fossil fuel use
- Consumption > Carbon footprint of all goods and services consumed
- Historical > CO2 emissions from energy use 1850-2007
- Reserves > potential CO2 emissions of fossil fuel reserves,, if all were burned

Vulnerability
- People at risk > injured, homeless, in need for assistance due to climate change
- Sea Level > people living less thana 5m above sea level
- Poverty > people living on less than 1.25 dollars a day

Have a look at {{LNK|Kiln.it|http://kiln.it/}}, the authors’ common website, or go directly {{LNK|try the map on carbonmap.org|http://www.carbonmap.org/}} and let us know what you have learnt!



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