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Hannah Ritchie, Max Roser


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


Science, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences, Mathematics

Resource Types

  • Interactive Media
  • Data

Regional Focus


Per Capita Methane Emissions by Sector

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  • This interactive resource provides students with the opportunity to explore the per capita sources of methane emissions globally or for specific countries.
  • The data begins in 1990 and is broken out by sector.
Teaching Tips


  • This resource clearly shows students where most methane emissions on a per capita basis come from and how they have changed over time.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should know how to read a line graph and be familiar with the term fugitive emissions.


Scientist Notes

The resource used 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 per capita. Recommended for teaching.

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