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World Supplies of Non-Renewable Resources, Visualized [Environmental Infographic]

World Supplies of Non-Renewable Resources, Visualized [Environmental Infographic] | Global Insights | Scoop.it

Politicians and oil companies might waste time debating whether or not we’ve reached peak oil. What they ignore is that we run out completely in under 40 years’ time, by which time a third of the planet’s biodiversity will be lost.

In the meantime, tantalum, that great mainstay of mobile telecoms, will last only a few years more and run out just in time to celebrate the planet breaking the 2oC barrier in 2060.
There’s so much more words could say, but this, a very relevant and informative environmensl visualization, says is so much better...


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Why damming world's rivers is a tricky balancing act

Why damming world's rivers is a tricky balancing act | Global Insights | Scoop.it
If we accept that controversial dams will continue to be built for economic benefit, how can we limit their damage on the environment?

 

Dams stop the flow of vital sediments as well as fish migrations. While the formation of reservoirs may benefit some bird species, the effect on wildlife is generally negative. Formation of reservoirs can drown plants, leading to nutrients being leeched into the water and killing the fish that live in it. Blocking the flow of water also kills wetlands, which are important to many ecosystems.


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Jose Sepulveda's comment, June 30, 2012 5:24 PM
It would be possible if only the whole ecosystem is managed so as to damp negative synergies and keep permanent monitoring over the river as a whole, from its origin to its final discharge into the sea.
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Infographic: United States of the Environment

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Every U.S. state is No. 1 in some environmental category ... and No. 50 in another.

 

A fun map that can be used to discuss environmental issues at both the national and local level for American teachers. 


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James Hobson's curator insight, September 18, 10:39 AM

(North America topic 6)
Though this map may come across as rather bleak at first, in my opinion it really doesn't necessarily lay fault to the people that live in these states. In other words, some things mentioned on this map seem expected and, in a sense, acceptable to me. For example, California may have the most smog, but it cannot be entirely blamed on just the population (though even I can argue that *most* of it can). Major cities like Los Angeles and Sacramento are in low-lying valleys, which cause air masses to stagnate. If these cities were located in less-enclosed areas smog would not be able to built up as densely. 

In addition, I find fault with some of the categories. An example would be that of Florida having the most boat wrecks. Large ships have been traveling to/around Florida since the 1500s, and Florida has the longest coastline of all contiguous states. In this way it only makes sense that this is true. Perhaps a better research method would have been "most shipwrecks per capita". Similarly, "most CO2 emissions *per capita*" would have been a better categorization to consider. But then again, mapmaking is an art, not just a science, and perhaps another message is meant to be sent here...

Jacob Crowell's curator insight, September 22, 3:11 PM

Rhode Island excels at having the lowest CO2 emissions. This makes a lot of sense when you consider the characteristics the State as it relates to pollution. Manufacturing is not a large part of Rhode Island's production, therefore CO2 emissions from factories is less than many other states. Furthermore CO2 from automobiles is low because of the small size of the state. Commutes for people working and living in Rhode Island are no longer than an hour each way. The minimal drive time for each person also cuts down possible emissions. 

Wilmine Merlain's curator insight, November 1, 8:41 PM

This fun and interactive map shows where each state excel and where they falter. Its interesting to see that in a state a small as Rhode Island, it has the highest rate of breast cancer in the nation. And the state of Colorado has the most avalanche deaths, which when you think of the state of Colorado, you wouldn't think of Colorado as a state with a lot of avalanches. What really surprised me  was Alaska as having the most airports per capita. One wouldn't think this of Alaska since it is a state covered mostly with snow. And it raises the question as to how many people travel in and out of the state. With all of the states surprises, one thing that shocked me a bit was how much organic food is grown in this land. That's one thing that is surprising. I once viewed this land as a of imports of just about everything, but looking at these two maps have changed my outlook of this land.

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House in Belas: function + beauty within its surrounding environment

House in Belas: function + beauty within its surrounding environment | Global Insights | Scoop.it

The House in Belas is a contemporary and inclusive project in tune with nature and reflective of local vernacular design.

The design intends to express a contemporary look onto the main aspects of traditional Portuguese architecture, with special attention to the balance and harmony between each building. The house consists of five different bodies, linked through passages.

Spaces between each body create a series of relationships, distances and views are generated, providing a rich and diverse atmosphere. The social areas are located in the core of it all, benefitting from the surrounding environment, and allowing a simple and functional distribution throughout the house.

 

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Using satellite images, young students learn about human impact on environment

Using satellite images, young students learn about human impact on environment | Global Insights | Scoop.it

With the help of satellite images fifth and sixth grade students at Mr. Tim Blum’s geography class at the University of Wyoming Lab School got a birds-eye view of how humans have impacted or modified their environments. Images acquired by satellites decades apart showed cleared forests, irrigated crop fields in the middle of the deserts, altered landscapes (new roads and water bodies), and urban growth.

 

SD: Geospatial technologies can sound daunting for teachers that don't feel that they are specialists. Yet there are simple ways to make sophisticated technologies very relevant to just about any grade level as this article demonstrates. 


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joachim jake layes's curator insight, February 10, 9:44 AM

great to see 5th & 6th graders learning about environmental impact

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China's disregard for the environment shows no sign of improving

China's disregard for the environment shows no sign of improving | Global Insights | Scoop.it
The discharge of 20 tons of the carcinogenic metal cadmium into the Longjiang River in southern China's Guangxi Province is an environmental tragedy that has become depressingly familiar.

 

Are China's environmental and labor policies connected to their economic success?  Is this economic growth sustainable?  


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