follow the carbon

How much carbon is released by tropical deforestation? A LOT.

For the international climate conference in Paris, I teamed up with artist Jamie Denburg, the Global Landscapes Forum and my team of insanely smart experts at World Resources Institute to visualize carbon emissions through something wonderfully tangible: balloons.

We literally took high-resolution satellite imagery of carbon stocks, overlaid them with deforestation data, took the number of emissions and converted them into a circumference, then translated that into many centimeters.

Each balloon is perfectly representational of a country’s total emissions from deforestation, carbon emissions from other sources as compared to deforestation, primary forests and protected areas, and more!

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