This map shows many ways in which our fossil fuel energy system has helped to connect people around the world. The green, blue and red lines trace land, sea, and air transportation routes.
Burning fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and natural gas helps us to move around our planet, power the places we live and work, and create global connections.
There is no doubt that our current energy system has done a lot of good, but our heavy use of fossil fuels has also created rampant carbon dioxide accumulation in our atmosphere and in the ocean.
What does “rampant carbon dioxide” mean?
The visual helps to establish the interpretation as a matter of global scale and importance.
IMAGE: Relays a full year’s worth of data on human transportation. Blue is commercial shipping, red is air traffic, and yellow (or yellow-green) highway traffic. This image helps to convey the global scale of human impacts by illustrating our worldwide transportation system.