Friday, March 30, 2012

Out of proportion: Carbon infographic from the Guardian

The Guardian newspaper has an infographic on the carbon footprint of countries around the world. It's a world map which distorts the size of different countries to represent relative population size, energy consumption, carbon emissions, and so on.

It's cool to see the familiar world map blobber and change as you click on the different buttons, but chilling to think about what it represents: how unequal is the human condition around the planet. It also shows very clearly how the affluent world hogs most of its resources and produces most of its pollution.

On most world maps you can't even see Singapore, but play around with this interactive graphic for a while and see when our little dot starts to pop.

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