Glen Peters found a nifty way to plug in CO2 emissions per person during the World Cup:
France, with 5.3 tons per person, won the final over Croatia, with 4.4 tons per person. I will abstract away the units for the rest of this post. Also, I won’t discuss Glen’s unit choice. You can find others on Global Carbon Atlas. While a list of all the teams along with a statistical analysis would be nice, let’s focus on a few charts showing 10 of the top 16 teams. Excluding duplicate information omits a few teams; I will simply list them at the end. Feel free to add tweets in the comments for other matches you find noteworthy.
Belgium (8.9) finished third. It bested Brazil (2.3) in the quarter finals:
England (5.9) lost both to Croatia (4.4) and Belgium (8.9), but won 2-0 against Sweden (4.6) in the quarter finals:
The first CO2 offset we encounter, starting with the final game, is England’s loss to Croatia. There were many offsets, if only because the Australian behemoth (16.5) was present. Russia (11.4) is no small CO2-potato either. Here’s the graph for its shootout win against Spain (5.6):
Uruguay (2.1) won an impressive game against Portugal (4.9), and then lost to the World Cup’s winner, France (5.3):
So we have France, Croatia, Belgium, England, Sweden, Uruguay, Brasil, Russia, Portugal, and Spain. The six other teams in the top 16 are Argentina (4.8), Japan (9.5), Switzerland (4.5), Columbia (1.7), Mexico (3.6), and Denmark (6.6).
The heat wave prevents me from sweating a conclusion. One I like:
AT’s away. Consider it a vacation post. Go all in with the most frivolous hypothesis if you please. Mine would be to envision a Mad Max world where countries a being rewarded by CO2 emissions bonuses by winning at the CO2 World Cup. Soccer would then finally make sense.