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Hannah Ritchie, Max Roser


6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Science, Physics, Earth and Space Sciences, Mathematics

Resource Types

  • Interactive Media
  • Charts, Graphs, and Tables

Regional Focus


Annual CO2 Emissions from Flaring

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  • This resource includes an interactive line graph, map, and data table that displays Annual CO2 emissions from flaring globally and for various countries and regions.
  • The graphs are customizable, and all visuals and data can be downloaded.
Teaching Tips


  • The interactive provides three different ways for students to visualize the data.
  • The line graph and map are animated to illustrate change over time.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should know how to read a data table, line graph, and global map.
  • Teacher may need to provide background information on flaring.


  • In math classes, this can be used as a practical application of the uses of line graphs.
  • Physics classes could use this resource to highlight the negative impact of flaring and challenge students to find alternatives to this practice.
  • Cross-curricular connections can be made with social studies and geography classes by exploring the similar characteristics of countries with low or high levels of emissions from flaring.

Scientist Notes

This resource examines annual CO2 emissions from flaring, CO2 emissions were normalized with a conversion factor of 3.664. The method used is appropriate. Students can explore this resource to gain knowledge on flaring in selected countries. The resource is recommended for teaching.

  • Mathematics
    • Data Reasoning and Probability (9-12)
      • HS.DR.A.4 Use mathematical and statistical reasoning to formulate questions about data to evaluate conclusions and assess risks.
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • 6.ESS3.5 Ask clarifying questions based on evidence about the factors that have caused climate change over the past century.
      • HS.ESS3.5 Analyze geoscience data and the results from global climate models to make an evidence-based forecast of the current rate of global or regional climate change and associated future impacts to Earth’s systems.
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