Future of the Environment

5 charts that show the ecological footprint of America 

These five data-driven charts help illustrate the disproportionate ecological footprint Americans have on our planet. Image: REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

Skye Gould

Senior Graphic Designer, Business Insider

Dave Mosher

Science and Technology Correspondent, Business Insider

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With a higher consumption pattern, Americans also leave behind a higher ecological footprint.
With a higher consumption pattern, Americans also leave behind a higher ecological footprint. Image: Skye Gould/Business Insider
America ecological footprint carbon dioxide emissions
America is among the top 10 CO2 emitting countries in the world. Image: Skye Gould/Business Insider
America is among the highest electricity consumers in the world, and also responsible for a bigger ecological footprint.
America is among the highest electricity consumers in the world, and also responsible for a bigger ecological footprint. Image: Skye Gould/Business Insider
ecological footprint coal consumption America USA
Coal features among the main source of energy in most American states. Image: Skye Gould/Business Insider
Energy use in each American state in comparison with other countries, highlights the high ecological footprint of the country.
Energy use in each American state in comparison with other countries, highlights the high ecological footprint of the country. Image: Skye Gould/Business Insider
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