Climate Disaster Cheatsheet

The one KPI

Yearly CO2* emissions worldwide 🌎

51 billion tons

CO2 refers to CO2 equivalent emissions

Emissions by activity

Production of things (cement, steel, plastic) 👷

31%

Electricity production ⚡

27%

Agriculture activity (plants, animals) 🐮

19%

Transportation (planes, trucks, ships) 🚗

16%

Heating & Cooling (A/C,others) ♨️

7%

Power needs

The world 🌎

5,000 gigawatts

USA 🇺🇸

1,000 gigawatts

Mid-size city 🏙️

1 gigawatt

Small town 🏢

1 megawatt

Average American household 🏡

1 kilowatt

Power density by source (watts/sqm)

Fossil fuel ⛽

500 to 10,000

Nuclear ⚛

500 to 1,000

Solar ☀️

5 to 20

Hydropower 💧

5 to 50

Wind 💨

1 to 2

Wood and other biomass 🪵

< 1 watt