Global Carbon Budget 2016

Global Carbon Budget 2016

Organisation: Nigel Hawtin/Future Earth Media Lab/Tyndall Centre (United Kingdom)

Publication Date: 01/06/2017


Size of team/newsroom:small


1-page data visualisation for online viewing and printed handout to show what had happened since the signing of the Paris agreement on climate change agreed by countries at COP21. This was an update of the p2015 data visualisation that I also produced. Showing Global CO2 emissions over the year 2015-16 as well as historical emission data and country change for top emitters. Telling the story of emissions in a visual and easily understandable way. Launched and shown at the UN Climate Change Conference COP22 in Marrakech for Future Earth and the Global Carbon Project. Includes highly scientific data but in a way that explains the data and the story to a more general and non-scientific audience as well as to the experts in the field.

What makes this project innovative? What was its impact?

The science of global warming and emission is a highly scientific subject matter and is often not understood by a more general readership. In this data visualisation, we tried to show what is happening and has happened in the past in a more innovative and easily understandable way using storytelling techniques. As a stand-alone visualisation it tells the story in easily accessible chunks, but can also be split apart to show various elements individually. The project had great impact at COP22 in Marrakech, and has been used and cited in many organisations around the world.

Technologies used for this project:

The graphic, as a whole, was put together using Adobe Illustrator. In the process we edited excel and csv data.
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