I like this graphic by Mark McCormick and Paul Scruton of the EIA (I’m assuming this means the US Energy Information Administration). It instantly conveys who gets the prize for carbon emissions on the planet (and in such snappy colors, don’t you think? Must be because global emissions have actually declined by a whopping 0.1% for the first time. I think I’ll drive two blocks to pick up my Happy Meal now, thanks.)
And in case you’ve been living with your head stuffed between the pillows of your couch causing you to lack a mental map of the continents and their relative sizes, they provide a great little color-coded indicator map in the lower left-hand corner so you can see how disproportionately little Africa (for example) emits compared to its area. If you care to delve deeper into the graphic, you can read for days about the increases and decreases of various countries, etc. but what makes this diagram powerful is that you don’t have to do so to get the point, and quickly. Nicely done, fellas.