Wednesday, 13 February 2013

A Visual Guide to the Scale of Carbon Emissions

The relate sizes of carbon dioxide emissions are often difficult for the average person to appreciate. A visual animation firm Carbon Visuals [link] were commissioned by Environmental Defense Fund [link] to create a number of short animations representing various statistics involved in the climate change debate. They are 'designed to engage the 'person on the street''

This first video is fly-through of New York with her carbon emissions represented as blue balloons. One year of carbon emissions? that is a lot of blue balloons, and hopefully it can help people realise how much 54 million metric tons of CO2 actually is!!

New York City's greenhouse gas emissions as one-ton spheres of carbon dioxide gas 


Another short visualisation produced by Carbon Visuals summarises the carbon dioxide savings from a number of energy efficiency projects (mostly lighting retrofits). I like how the CO2 savings are represented as the building structures themselves. I think it is easy to see the relative usages of before and after the retrofits, it is conveyed more quickly and stays with me longer than the statistics on the right hand side.

Building Confidence Case Studies 

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Overall I think Carbon Visuals are right on the money with these short animations. Most people relate to visual information far better than written data. With so many people not truly comprehending the gravity of the situation (climate change etc) at hand initiatives like these ones are essential!

The edit could be better maybe, and a little backing music? What do you think?


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