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Greenhouse Gas Emissions Brought To Life In Animation

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If We Could See It!

Please go FULL SCREEN on this one.

Two tons of carbon dioxide added every second...what does that mean? That's about what NYC contributes all the time. What if we could get a visual grip on volume of this pollution? This video makes it clear how much we are talking about and how it just...bubbles up! Great one to pass along to the kids.

--Bibi Farber

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Published on Oct 19, 2012 by CarbonVisuals

"In 2010 New York City added 54 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (equivalent) to the atmosphere, but that number means little to most people because few of us have a sense of scale for atmospheric pollution.

Carbon Visuals ( and Environmental Defense Fund ( wanted to make those emissions feel a bit more real - the total emissions and the rate of emission. Designed to engage the 'person on the street', this version is exploratory and still work in progress.

NYC carbon footprint:

54,349,650 tons a year = 148,903 tons a day = 6,204 tons an hour = 1.72 tons a second

At standard pressure and 59 F a metric ton of carbon dioxide gas would fill a sphere 33 feet across (density of CO₂ = 1.87 kg/m: If this is how New York's emissions actually emerged we would see one of these spheres emerge every 0.58 seconds.

Emissions in 2010 were 12% less than 2005 emissions. The City of New York is on track to reduce emissions by 30% by 2017 - an ambitious target."