The Rise and Rise of CO2 in India

Approximately 70% of 1.3 billion people of Indian population live rural areas. Nearly 70% of the rural population rely on solid fuel feedstock like coal and peat for their cooking needs. India contributes to 5% of human-sourced carbon dioxide emission. India’s coal-fired, oil-fired and natural gas-fired thermal power plants are inefficient and offer significant potential for CO2 emission.

This project through a data visualisation compares CO2 emission from solid, liquid, gas and other fuel from a period of 1959 to 2014 with the rise in population of the country. With the advent of IT boom in the early 2000s, the big chunk of the population migrated to the urban setting for better opportunities but the graph shows an exponential growth of CO2 emission from that time. As one hovers over the timeline of CO2 emissions, another vertical line parallel on the population graph also moves, showing the change in population with the change in the CO2 emission. The visualisation was achieved by using d3 framework over a week-long class on Data Visualisation.

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