Your Personal Carbon History

To get it out of the way: No, this is not about your carbon footprint (a rather questionable concept popularised by British Petroleum to shift blame from the fossil fuel industry to individuals). This is a history of carbon emissions worldwide, presented as an interactive essay. It begins with your own lifetime (Guess: How much of all human carbon dioxide emissions occurred since you were born?) and eventually zooms out millions of years, to show in how unprecedented times we live.

From Weekly Filet ##322, in October 2020.

💔 Some older links might be broken — that's the state of the web, sadly. If you find one, ping me.

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