Viz of the Day: World Reserves of Fossil Fuels

BP's "Statistical Review of World Energy" published in mid 2011 says that the world has in reserves 861 billion tonnes of coal, 187 trillion cubic meters of natural gas, and 1383 billion barrels of crude oil.
These numbers seems to be huge at a glance, but taking into account today's level of extraction proved reserves of coal will be exhausted in 118 years . The last cubic meter of natural gas will be extracted in 2070. And by 2050 there will be no reserves of crude oil.

Fossil Fuels: years of extraction remaining

1 comment:

  1. It's not a real.
    Lets see on the data. Reserves are growing year by year for each energy product.
    It means that geologists find more new minefields than companies extract from Earth.
    If we will kill all geologists then our reserves will be extracted in 2070 :)