Breathing Earth—A Simulation of CO2 Emissions, Birthrates, and Death Rates

This website offers viewers an interesting and interactive way to conceptualize global CO2 emissions, as well as the birth and death rates of different geographical locations. The simulation uses statistical data for these different rates to provide general information about worldwide trends. The changing colors and the flashing dots and symbols explained in the key allow you to absorb the areas of highest CO2 emissions, as well as the highest birth and death rates by simply watching the map. As this simulation is interactive, you can also place your cursor on areas of the world that interest you to learn more about their specific rates. In the U.S., for example, one person dies every 12.1 seconds, one person is born every 7.4 seconds, and 1000 tons of CO2 are emitted every 5.3 seconds. If you click on a country, a box pops up suggesting useful climate change websites for that particular country, and on the bottom righthand side of the page, there is a box that shows how many tons, births, and deaths have occurred while you’ve been on the page.

Though we often hear or read statistics about increasing population and dangerous levels of CO2 emissions, this website applies these statistics to a world map, and thus allows us to visualize the areas in which these rates are the most problematic. By poking around on this page, I not only feel that I gained a slightly better sense of the the way these trends play out on a global scale, but I also found several other interesting websites about climate change that are specific to certain countries or areas of the world.

4 thoughts on “Breathing Earth—A Simulation of CO2 Emissions, Birthrates, and Death Rates

  1. I thought this was a very thought-provoking website. It took me a few minutes of scrolling around the map to find a country that had decreased its CO2 used since 4 years earlier (Dominican Republic and Paraguay were two I found). I also liked the links to climate change websites for each country and I think that serves has a proactive way to learn more about the issues. -Kendel Ahnell

  2. This is a cool site, Phoebe! I really enjoy browsing through it, as I learn new things. Great find!!

  3. What a great map! It has so much information in it. I spent some time looking at the birth and death rates to find countries that have a steady population- it’s a challenge.
    It was also interesting to see the pop-ups with links to climate change websites for each country. Do you think so many were missing from the map because they don’t exist in a ton of countries or because the mapmakers just haven’t found them yet?

  4. I actually looked at this website as well. I definitely thought it was interesting and cool to see how much carbon emission U.S. emits as well as other countries. Looking at all the countries, there is definitely a general trend of increased population growth, except for countries in Europe, which I wonder why?

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