Enter a CO2 value. Hit the ‘random’ button for serendipity. Or just click through objects like stepping stones.
(There are nearly 200 objects so it may take a second to load)
Designed by David McCandless | Code by Daniel Goldsworthy.
cool things I like about this app
Like billions of dollars, “tons of CO2” is another widely-used metric that is deeply abstracted from our lives. What is a ton of CO2? It’s impossible to imagine. But perhaps it can be better understood relatively and visually?
The data here mixes direct CO2 emissions with CO2-equivalent emissions. CO2e is a calculation that includes the supply chain and production process of a given object. So for a banana, the emissions involved in growing, packaging and getting the fruit to your supermarket.
The app features deep-linking. Each object in the app has its own web-address. So you can link directly to it.
And, like Snake Oil, this is a ‘living app’ which spawns itself from a Google Docs datasheet. That means the moment we edit, add or subtract info, it’s instantly rippled into the app.
See the data here: http://bit.ly/tonsofcarbon
So if you find any CO2 amounts in news reports or studies, post a comment below with a link to the source and we’ll try to add it. Or if you want to know the carbon emissions of XXXX, we’ll try to find it out for you.