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The Carbon Chronicles

Not For Sale

Carbon Chronicles' visualises the build-up of CO2 and other greenhouse gasses from the industrial revolution to the present. Beginning with the UK in the 1750s, emissions from coal start enveloping the planet, other regions follow. By the late 1800s, growing industrial activity in the Global North is responsible for 92% of CO2 with 8% coming from the Global South. The spread of CO2 mirrors wider processes of power distribution showing that the atmosphere is as contested a space as the territories beneath it. Our animation informs the need for equitable solutions to the climate crisis that are mindful of the historic consequences of carbon exploitation to ask: Who Owns the Air?