Why CO2 Widgets?
CO2 web widgets deliver. That is, they let people to discover and actively monitor changes in atmospheric CO2 levels without needing to visit CO2.Earth or other CO2-focussed sites and pages. Practically anyone with a website or blog can add a widget for visitors to see.
First Widget to Display Atmospheric CO2
Jayson Brown of Salt Spring Island provided instruction for writing html widget code. McGee produced the design. One widget was made available from themostimportantnumber.org website.
The first widget was installed at Fireflylabs.com. This website belongs to Will Spaulding, a friend of McGee and mechanical engineering instructor at Camosun College. Spaulding's students access class materials at the site. Years later, he continues to use a CO2 widget that McGee produced.
In early June 2008, the 'TMINO' website widget was posted on the Common Energy (University of Victoria chapter) website by Joe Melton. At the time, Melton was a PhD candidate. He is now a post-doc fellow and contributing author to the IPCC Fifth Assessment report.
It wasn't planned, but McGee's CO2 widget at themostimportantnumber.org was releaseed before NASA launched its vital signs desktop widget on June 15, 2008. It's hard to get out in front of NASA, and it's cool when that happens.
Recent CO2 Widget Developments
See the tabs below.
CO2Now Widget Series
When CO2Now.org launched in September 2008, it rolled out a series of CO2 website widgets that ranged from a simple "nano" design (just 30 pixels wide) to a detailed image of the Keeling Curve (600 pixels wide). Within a year, the number of 'CO2 displays' with one of these widgets was at least 5 million per year.
Past CO2Now Widgets to Phased Out
If you installed CO2Now.org widget code on your website before November 11, 2015, please replace it at your earliest convenience. New website widget code is available at Show.Earth, a sister site for CO2.Earth. Updating the code has these benefits:
- Your clickable widgets will point to CO2.Earth
- The new code is responsive for enhanced behaviour with mobile devices
- You will not be affected when CO2Now.org widgets are no longer updated (January 1, 2017, or later)
CO2 Toaster Collaboration
The CO2 Toaster flash widget is a 2009 creative collaboration by Franke James (artist and author), Bill James (designer and programmer), and Mike McGee (creator of CO2Now.org, replaced in 2015 by CO2.Earth). The widget is designed as an engaging and memorable tool for tracking CO2.
2010 Science Art Exhibit
In 2010, this animated CO2 Toaster widget was one of 38 artworks selected by Stanford-affiliated Science Art-Nature for an online "Art of Science" exhibit that celebrates examples of Science Art. In part, the mission of Science Art-Nature is to highlight "benefits of combining the accuracy of science with the evocative power of art."
The exhibit was hosted in Ashland, Oregon (USA) in conjunction with the Pacific Region's annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
The CO2 Toaster always shows the latest monthly data for atmospheric CO2 by pulling NOAA or Scripps measurements at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii.
Code for the CO2 Toaster widget can easily be added to most websites and of most websites or blogs. Click here to get the widget code.
Show.Earth CO2 Widgets
Web and blog owners can get CO2.Earth web widgets from Show.Earth. The new widget code is response so widget behaviour is more predictable on mobile devices. The new widgets are clickable and point to CO2.Earth for more information.