Transport allows people to move across cities, countries, and continents. It allows us to trade goods and products across the world by road, rail, sea or air.

It has become an essential part of our lives, whether it’s getting to work or school; delivering essential services or necessities to different communities; or connecting people and industries across the world. It’s now a key driver of economic development.

But transport also negatively affects our health and the environment through road injuries and fatalities, air pollution, and CO₂ emissions which drive climate change.

On this page, you can find data, visualizations, and writing on transport patterns across the world, how this is changing, and its environmental impacts.

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    title = {Transport},
    journal = {Our World in Data},
    year = {2021},
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