To mark the international climate negotiations in Copenhagen, I’m trotting out some maps I made a while back. This one has states labeled with the names of countries that are their greenhouse gas equivalents.


In other words, Oregon is responsible for the same level of climate emissions as Ireland; Wyoming is the greenhouse gas equivalent of Vietnam, and so on.

Want to see the whole thing? Bigger versions are here.

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And here’s another slice at the same data. On the version below, regions are labelled with the names of their climate emissions equivalents.


The coal belt through Appalachian country emits as much as the entire continent of Africa. The oil-heavy Gulf Coast states emit as much as all of India.

The full map is here.

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I’ve done emissions equivalency maps for Canada too: one comparing provinces to U.S. states and one comparing provinces to nations

This post originally appeared at Sightline’s Daily Score blog.