Welcome to Breathing Earth. This real-time simulation displays the CO2 emissions of every country in the world, as well as their birth and death rates. I made this website back in 2006, and have updated the data every couple of years, though being a Flash-based website, it’s now showing its age. Though the data it shows is no longer up-to-date, it’s still indicative of where we’re at. I hope to remake breathingearth one day in HTML5 (more mobile friendly). I probably will eventually, but I’m crazy busy at the moment with Spryke .
Please remember that this is just a simulation. Although the CO2 emission, birth rate and death rate data used in Breathing Earth comes from reputable sources, data that measures things on such a massive scale can never be 100% accurate. Please note however that the CO2 emission levels shown here are much more likely to be too low than they are to be too high.
Source of Data?
Birth and death rates: 2010 estimates, from the CIA World Factbook
Population: Data is based on July 2010 estimates from the CIA World Factbook. When Breathing Earth is started, it uses each country’s birth and death rates to calculate how populations have changed since July 2010, and adjusts its figures accordingly. It continues adjusting the various population figures as you watch it, each time a person is born or a person dies.
CO2 emission rates: 2006 figures from the United Nations Statistics Division. These are the most up-to-date figures as of October 2010. Collating CO2 emissions data for every country on Earth, representing the same time period, is undoubtedly a massive and very complex task that relies on the availability of many other sets of data. This probably explains why the most recent CO2 emissions data available is from 2006.
CO2 emission rates from four years earlier: When Breathing Earth was first built, it used 2002 figures, also from the United Nations Statistics Division. When you hover your mouse over a country, Breathing Earth compares the 2002 and 2006 figures and indicates whether that country’s CO2 emissions have increased or decreased in that time, using the red or green arrow that appears near the bottom-left.
There was an unavailability of a portion of the data for a few of the tinier countries (eg. Vanuatu, Tuvalu, Lesotho). In such cases, I made estimates based on their population, economy, and the data of their relevant neighbours. In all such cases, the figures were so low that even had my estimates been wildly inaccurate, the effect on the simulation would have been negligible.
More on Climate?
Footprint Network footprint calculator – Figure out your own ecological footprint.
www.350.org – An international campaign building a movement to unite the world around solutions to the climate crisis.