How much CO2 does a global tour flight generate?

Grade level: 3rd-4th grades

Skills: Addition / Number Comparison (3 digit)

Related environmental issues: Climate Change


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The British band Coldplay, a performer of the 2016 Super Bowl halftime show, has decided not to launch a global tour because going on tour generates more carbon dioxide than they want.  The band thinks having a global tour is not beneficial to the environment.

To have a global tour, band members need to take a flight. The table below shows the amount of CO2 a flight generates per person.

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Suppose a British band A had a global tour and had a concert in London, New York, Los Angels, and Tokyo, and wend back to London.

  1. Which flight generated the largest amount of CO2 per person?
  2. Which flight generated the least amount of CO2 per person?
  3. How much CO2 did the global tour generate per person by flying from London to New York, New York to Los Angeles, Los Angeles to Tokyo, and Tokyo to London?
  4. The United States generates 1,333 kg of CO2 per person a month. Which generates more CO2, the average American in a month or a member of the Band A who went on the global tour?


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Source) Niko Kommenda, 2019, How your flight emits as much CO2 as many people do in a year, The Guardian.

Answer keys

1. Tokyo to London

2. New York to Los Angeles

3. 2,516kg of CO2 (493 + 349 + 776 + 898 = 2,516)

4. A member of the Band A




young protesters demand an end of the age of fossil fuels — Has the fossil fuels production decreased in the United States?

Grade level: 4th – 6th grades

Skills: Line graphs 

Related environmental issues: Energy & Climate Change


To ask for immediate action on climate change, millions of young people and adults around the world skipped school and work and participated in protests on September 20, 2019. They demanded an end to the age of fossil fuels.


[Photo] Young protesters in New York City

The line graph below shows the amount of fossil fuels produced in the United States between 2000 and 2018.


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  1. In what year did the United States produce the largest amount of fossil fuels?
  2. In what year did the United States produce the least amount of fossil fuels?
  3. Between what two consecutive years, did the fossil fuel production drop significantly?
  4. Between what wo consecutive years, did the fossil fuel production increase significantly?
  5. Has the fossil fuel production in the United States decreased or increased over the years?


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Sources: U.S. Energy Information Administration, 2019. Energy Overview, Table 1.1 Primary Energy overview.



Answer keys

1. 2018

2. 2005

3. between 2015 and 2016

4. between 2013 and 2014 and between 2017 and 2018

5. Increased