Thursday, 15 November 2012

CO2 emissions by Local Authority area. 2005-2010

I've blogged previously about the Google Motion Charts I created as part of my previous job to display Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emissions for various Local Authorities 

I've finally got round to inputting the latest DECC CO2 data for UK Local Authorities from 2005 to 2010. These data were formerly referred to as National Indicator 186, DECC have revised them so that the 5 years are comparable for the first time. You should (hopefully) be able to see the full dataset below, if not it can be accessed in a new window here

The X and Y data sets can be changed by clicking on the drop down boxes and individual authorities monitored by clicking on the bubbles. It's best changing the scale to Log and then click the play button. Bubble size indicates total CO2 emissions.

It's interesting to note the decrease in Industrial and Commercial emissions that takes place for the majority of authorities between 2007-2009, before stablising and then reversing back to growth in 2010.
This links in with a Google Fusion map that the Guardian Data team have produced on CO2 per capita emssions for UK Local Authorities between 2009-2010, which shows a 2.7% increase nationally.

Change in per Capita CO2 emissions for UK, 2009-2010. Source: Guardian Data blog:

Looks as though we still have quite a way to go in terms of reducing emissions in industry and at home in the long term. 

Happy analysing!

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Geography....... Never boring

A hurricane tracking up the Eastern sea board, followed by a national election with global implications.

Relevant, engaging and interesting lesson topics. The Guardian's Election 2012 site is worth checking out for the data on voting, along with this Time article on the effort and focus on raising cash and spreading the campaign message.

I also used this short snippet with my geography classes this week of Obama's speech in Chicago following the announcement of his re-election. It's a great example of Obama's superb oratory combined with a great set of messages about hope and equality.

Photo source

Geography is never boring!