So this is where all our greenhouse gases come from

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Cow farts: NOT AS CULPABLE AS YOU THINK.

This impressive datavisualization comes by way of the folks at Ecofys, and breaks down global manmade greenhouse gas emissions by source and sector. Click here for the (much) bigger version.

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Over at grist, David Roberts has a good take:

Illustration for article titled So this is where all our greenhouse gases come from

Every one of these sources can be dialed down, through conservation and efficiency if nothing else, but off the top of my head I’d say the easiest targets for rapid emission reductions, in no particular order, are: 1) stop chopping forests down, 2) zero out emissions from residential and commercial buildings, 3) capture methane everywhere, from agriculture to energy to solid waste, 4) reduce vehicle-miles-traveled with densification and transit, then electrify the hell out of everything else in transportation.

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Other major takeaways:

  • Holy crap, coal.

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then electrify the hell out of everything else in transportation.

And how would this electricity be made? It would take a LOT of power plants of various sizes and types to make enough electricity for everything. Windmills are not going to be able to make enough and neither is solar.