Energy & Climate Data Visualisations

These open-source resources are gathered and shared to give an appreciation of some different creative ways that complex energy & climate has been visualised to aid understanding.​

Complexity of energy & climate data, considering the dynamic nature and geographical distribution of emissions and renewable resources presents a key challenge in posing solutions to decarbonisation, and designing systems or modelling realistic economics for future projects.

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Google and Amazon are now in the oil business

Google, Microsoft, and Amazon are teaming up with Big Oil to squeeze more oil and gas out of the ground using machine learning technology

Source: Vox (Youtube)

Greenhouse gas emissions from airplane flights

The following flight calculator and data visualization shows the miles and emissions produced per passenger by a airplane trip that you can specify.


My 2050

Create Your Pathway to a Low Carbon UK By 2050

Source: BEIS

Cumulative CO2 emissions calculator

This shows the annual emissions of CO2 since 1750, before the industrial revolution. Due to rapid growth in population and energy use per capita over time, we’re emitting more CO2 each year: humans have emitted as much in last 28 years than the 240 years prior.


CO2 Emissions per Capita

Visualisation of World Bank CO2 emission data

Source: Prasanna Ratnam (Tableau)

Visualizing The Growth of Atmospheric CO2 Concentration

EThis visualizes the growth in CO2 concentration in the atmosphere (mainly from emissions due to human activities, eg burning fossil fuels for energy production, deforestation + other industrial processes).



How The World’s Energy and Electricity is Generated


How America can leave fossil fuels behind, in one chart

And what the US election meant for climate change

Source: Vox (Youtube)

How Many Gigatons of Carbon Dioxide..?

have we released to date / can we safely release / are left to release?


Solar (Sun) Intensity By Location and Time

This visualization shows the amount of direct solar insolation (W/m2) all across the globe as a function of time of day and day of year.


A Skeptical Look at Climate Science

Degrees of Uncertainty is an animated data-driven documentary about climate science, uncertainty, and knowing when to trust the experts

Source: Neil Halloran (Youtube)

A visual tour of the world's CO2 emissions

A new high-resolution computer model created by NASA shows CO2, the greenhouse gas driving global warming, as you’ve never seen it before

Source: Vox (Youtube)