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Carbon Emissions Explained with LEGO

Carbon Emissions Explained with LEGO

We know there’s something important to understand about carbon emissions, but sometimes the way that it’s addressed leaves a lot to be desired, unless you’re ready to do some research on your own.

For instance, the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), called Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis, states that if we want to be able to limit global warming to less than 2°C (as compared to historical levels), we need to stay within a strict carbon budget, keeping our cumulative CO2 emissions from human-based activities to less than 840 gigatonnes of carbon (GtC).

“Continued emissions of greenhouse gases will cause further warming and changes in all components of the climate system. Limiting climate change will require substantial and sustained reductions of greenhouse gas emissions. Global surface temperature change for the end of the 21st century is projected to be likely to exceed 1.5°C relative to 1850 to 1900 in all but the lowest scenario considered, and likely to exceed 2°C for the two high scenarios.” – Thomas Stocker, Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group 1

But how does a global carbon “budget” work, and how can we relate that to something we understand?

Thanks to the work of Shrink That Footprint, we can now get a better grasp on carbon emissions, as explained with LEGOs:

Read a more in-depth analysis at Shrink That Footprint: 22 years till we blow the 2°C Carbon Budget

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