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Authors

Hannah Ritchie, Max Roser

Grades

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

Subjects

Science, Earth and Space Sciences, Mathematics

Resource Types

  • Interactive Media
  • Data

Regional Focus

Global

Methane Emissions by Sector

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Synopsis
  • This interactive graph and chart show the sources and quantities of methane emissions.
  • Students can view global data or view the data by country.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This resource clearly shows students where most methane emissions come from and how they have changed over time.
  • Students can click on the graph to view the data for a specific year. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should know how to read a line graph and be familiar with the term fugitive emissions.
  • Note that the methane emissions are calculated on a 100-year CO2 equivalency scale, so the 20-year values would be significantly higher due to methane's short (10-12 years) residence time in the atmosphere.

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Scientist Notes

The resource used the GWP method to normalize these F gases units into a single unit expressed in CO2e calculated on a 100-year time scale. This method is appropriate as it considered the residence time of CH4 - CO2 emissions. The resource is recommended for teaching.

Standards
  • 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
      • 8.ESS3.4 Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth’s systems.
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