We all have an impact on the environment in our daily lives whether we realise it or not. From having a shower in the morning to getting transportation to work. This month I will attempt to highlight just how much influence we have on climate change, with some impactful data visualisations.

Transferring carbon footprint globally

This interactive graph from British Gas provides a quick way of identifying the key contributors to global emissions. On a global scale by country, it may come as no surprise that China is the largest carbon polluter, closely followed by the United States. However, looking at the data per capita tells a slightly different story. Very interesting!


Making use of visual mapping

This next visualisation is one of my favourites. In this example the author identifies areas where carbon dioxide emissions are the greatest. How much carbon dioxide are you emitting in your country?


Did you know that oceans absorb excess heat?

Around the world, we can see where the Oceans have been colder and hotter than 20th century average. According to the data, ocean temperatures have been rising and with this visualisation we can quickly see which areas have been most impacted.


Let us not forget about the effect this has on global temperature

The final two visualisations for this month are both about global temperature change.

This interactive visual by Ed Hawkins demonstrates the spiralling rise in global temperature – almost 1.5oC hotter than 1850! Does this surprise you?

The Earth’s warming climate, is also highlighted in this interactive visual. It may come as no surprise that 2016 is the hottest year to date!


As some of you may be aware, Capgemini UK has recently launched industry-leading, science-based carbon reduction targets to slash the business’ carbon emissions by 20% per employee by 2020, and by 40% by 2030. This is part of our Positive Planet programme, through which we hope to contribute to improving some of the metrics highlighted by these data visualisations.