The Long View: The Past and Future of Human Energy Use

The image above will take you to a high resolution graphic that spans 800,000 years. Each year is represented by one small square. Each row equals one millenium.

Time flows from the upper left to the lower right (similarly to how you are reading this text). Have fun exploring the details by zooming in and panning around. the lower right hand corner button will take you to a full screen version.

The piece is meant to provide a context for the age of fossil fuels, to illustrate the great advancements that their consumption has brought us, and to question our ability to move beyond them in a post-fossil fuel age that is rapidly approaching.

This is an expanded version of the smaller 25,000 year graphic that is available as a PDF download in the sidebar of this blog.

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