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New Interactive Chart Shows US State Emissions In Detail

Those interested in seeing how the United States’ emissions break down, as far as which states are responsible for what, may be interested in checking out a new interactive graph put together utilizing data from the World Resource Institute’s CAIT Climate Data Explorer.

The new interactive graph also allows for users to determine which sectors are responsible for which emissions (the portion of total emissions involved, that is).

As one can see, the breakdown is rather interesting — the top 10 states by emission levels account for roughly 50% of all US emissions. To be exact, the share figure is 48.8%. This compares to the 10 lowest states by emission levels accounting for roughly 3% of total emissions.

Obviously, considering the vast disparity in land area, population, and industrial output of the country’s various states, this isn’t actually surprising, but it’s still pretty interesting to see it mapped out this way (in my opinion).

On this count, though, the interactive graph does actually allow users to look at per capita emissions rather than totals — which does, incidentally, show a somewhat different picture. As the graph shows, only one of the top 10 states by total emissions levels is also one of the top 10 states by per capita emissions levels. That state is Louisiana, interestingly.

While electricity generation is, unsurprisingly, one of the primary sectors responsible for emissions, transportation, agriculture, industry, and waste disposal all factor in rather notably as well — depending on the state in question.

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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy.


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