Give us 40 or so years, and we’ll cut global emissions by half, which is enough, most scientists think, to avert the dangerous climate change staring us down if we ignore the problem.
On this map the red circle outlines represent a continuation of current emission trends without much in the way of reductions.
The blue filled in circles show how a strong reduction strategy (especially in the U.S. and the E.U.) can halve the overall global emissions by 2050. Use the time slider on the top left of this map to scroll through the future. Here is the methodology used to create the map.
We could use your help refining this map. For example, we haven’t found a data set that allows us to separate out more countries over this time period, in both the business as usual and reductions scenarios. If you have any suggestions or comments, please leave a comment!
Pop Quiz: Why would we project that in 2050, the “business as usual” model for deforestation isn’t very different from the “emissions reduction”?