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U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Chart

World Resource Insitute

This flow chart shows the sources and activities across the U.S. economy that produce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy | Technical Details

Teaching Tips

  • The image contains a lot of information and can be used as a supplement for many lessons on production of greenhouse gases by humans and human impacts on climate.

About the Science

  • The image shows all human contributions to greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Energy use is by far responsible for the majority of greenhouse gases.
  • Most activities produce greenhouse gases both directly, through on-site and transport use of fossil fuels, and indirectly from heat and electricity that comes "from the grid."
  • All emissions data is from 2003.
  • Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.

About the Pedagogy

  • There is a lot going on with the arrows in this image, but students can follow the different colored arrows from the sector to end use to the produced greenhouse gas fairly easily.
  • Students can compare this graphic to CO2 emissions in the year 2000.
  • There are related resources supplied at the bottom of the webpage.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • A key is not provided for the different colors of Category/IPCC Reporting Sector, End Use/Activity, Gas, and terms are not defined, which may cause confusion for learners.
  • Graphic can be enlarged and downloaded and saved and printed on 8 x 10 paper
Entered the Collection: October 2015 Last Reviewed: October 2015

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