If you are investigating the change of CO2 emissions, then you might ask: Where do the changes occur? Well here is the answer.
The staircase plots show the contributing factors to CO2 emissions for each continent.
population refers to population effects,
gdp_pcap refers to income per capita,
energy_intensity refers to energy used per dollar added value, and
carbon intensity refers to CO2 emissions per energy unit. The numbers are Gt CO2 and come, not very carefully curated, from Worldbank.
As you can see, europe’s emissions stay at nearly the same level, mostly because there is no population effect. On the other hand, Asia’s economic rise seems to explain much of the change of CO2 emissions in the time from 1995 to 2007.
Here is how to produce the chart: