Climate news publication Carbon Brief has created a series of data visualizations showing how the UK reduced the amount of carbon dioxide its electrical system added to the atmosphere by nearly 60 percent between 2008 and 2018. An interactive timeline and map allows readers to scroll from 2008-2018 to see where renewable energy sites, such as wind farms, have opened, and where fossil fuel sites, such as coal power stations, have closed. The visualizations illustrate that the UK’s coal capacity has shrunk 63 percent while wind capacity has increased more than 600 percent since 2008.
Visualizing the UK’s Changing Electricity Supply
Michael McLaughlin is a research assistant at the Center for Data Innovation. He researches and writes about a variety of issues related to information technology and Internet policy, including digital platforms, e-government, and artificial intelligence. Michael graduated from Wake Forest University, where he majored in Communication with Minors in Politics and International Affairs and Journalism. He received his Master’s in Communication at Stanford University, specializing in Data Journalism.
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