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If you build it, they will come: New study shows that bike lanes increase ridership

If you build it, they will come: New study shows that bike lanes increase ridership | green infographics | Scoop.it
When people feel safer they are more likely to ride a bike, and they feel safer in bike lanes.

The idea of "vehicular cycling", where cyclists share the road with cars and act like cars, is looking sillier with every new study. A few weeks ago a study showed that a shocking 40% of cycling deaths happened when a cyclist was rear ended, usually on arterial roads. Now a new study, Lessons from the Green Lanes, provides clear evidence that separated bike lanes work really well, not only at saving lives, but in attracting more cyclists, making cyclists feel safer, and increasing economic activity.

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Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, June 6, 2014 6:59 AM

Strategies to create sustainable urban places

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Smart Landscaping Tips To Help You Save Energy (INFOGRAPHIC)

Smart Landscaping Tips To Help You Save Energy (INFOGRAPHIC) | green infographics | Scoop.it

There are number of other energy saving solutions, both solar and non-solar, that fall under the scope of home improvement projects, but sometimes, it’s the most down-to-earth strategies that can end up putting money back in your pocket.

Well-designed landscaping is one example of a potentially energy saving tactic for homeowners. By establishing a well-designed landscape that is suited to the regional climate and local weather conditions, homeowners can end up saving money on home energy costs, reducing the amount of water use, buffering their home from noise and air pollution, and staying more comfortable inside and out of the house. According to Energy.gov, a smart landscape design can reduce a home’s air conditioning costs by as much as 50%, planting windbreaks on three sides of a house can cut fuel consumption by 40%, and well-designed landscaping can pay for itself in less than 8 years.

Here’s a great infographic from Energy.gov that illustrates some energy saving landscaping tips...

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Nine maps that show how climate change is already affecting the US

Nine maps that show how climate change is already affecting the US | green infographics | Scoop.it

Climate change isn't just a problem for future generations — it's already affecting broad swaths of the United States.

That's the upshot of the National Climate Assessment, a massive new US government report detailing the current and future impacts of global warming around the country. The report is particularly useful in detailing how specific regions and sectors will be affected — and outlining some possible ways we could adapt.

There's a lot of information in the report, but find nine highlights at the link.

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, May 8, 2014 4:45 AM

Convincing maps. Great information.

Russell Roberts's curator insight, May 20, 2014 12:07 AM

Check out this infographic from the National Climate Assessment.  The effects of "climate change" are already being felt.  On the U.S. mainland, the summers are getting hotter and the winters getting colder.  According to data from the Mauna Loa Solar Observatory, the amount of Carbon Dioxide and other "greenhouse" gases is  in the atmosphere is increasing.  Although the climate chage is slight at present the trend will intensify in the next 200 to 1,000 years.  About all we can do is adapt to the coming changes and mititgate the more serious effects as best we can.  Aloha, Russ.

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A View Of Antarctica From Outer Space

A View Of Antarctica From Outer Space | green infographics | Scoop.it

This image photographed almost ten years ago on September 21, 2005, shows a gorgeous, pristine view of Antarctica. It was taken with the AMSR-E instrument onboard NASA’s Aqua satellite. 
Upon zooming in, one can see magnificent details of the awe-inspiring sea ice, and how much space it occupies in relation to the rest of the planet. 
To view more pictures, visit NASA’s site here

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Map: Is There a Risky Chemical Plant Near You?

Map: Is There a Risky Chemical Plant Near You? | green infographics | Scoop.it

Millions of Americans live near a site that could put them in harm's way if hazardous chemicals leak or catch fire. The Environmental Protection Agency monitors roughly 12,000 facilities that store one or more of 140 toxic or flammable chemicals that are potentially hazardous to nearby communities.

The interactive map, based on data from the EPA's Risk Management Program, shows at least 9,000 facilities where a "catastrophic chemical release" or what the EPA calls a "worst-case scenario" could harm nearby residents. At the link, hover over any site to see its exact location, the chemicals it stores, and how many accidents it documented in its most recent 5-year reporting period. 

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, April 20, 2014 9:52 AM

Good to be informed.

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Green Cities Can Help Sustain the Future

INFOGRAPHIC: How Green Cities Can Help Sustain the Future | green infographics | Scoop.it

People around the world are moving to urban areas in record numbers – and for the first time ever there’s more people living in cities than in rural areas. This trend is only set to accelerate, so it’s high time to develop solutions to make our cities more sustainable. CityTownInfo just launched a new infographic that shows how greener cities can pave the way to a sustainable future – check it out after the break.

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Norm Miller's curator insight, April 15, 2014 1:24 PM

Mixed use and density does lower resources per capita.  But this is the first estimate I've seen.

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Clean Energy Trends 2014: New Solar Energy Capacity Exceeds Wind For First Time

Clean Energy Trends 2014: New Solar Energy Capacity Exceeds Wind For First Time | green infographics | Scoop.it

Clean Edge's latest report on the global energy market shines a spotlight on five key clean energy trends likely to shape future.

The landscape of the global renewable energy market continues to shift with changes in economic and social conditions and policies. While some renewable energy sectors – notably, solar photovoltaic (PV) deployment – experienced “dazzling growth, success and rising stock prices,” others saw a drop in deployments, as well as challenges on the policy and finance fronts, according to a global clean energy market report from Clean Edge, released March 26.


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A Map of History's Biggest Greenhouse Gas Polluters

A Map of History's Biggest Greenhouse Gas Polluters | green infographics | Scoop.it

A select few countries have been responsible for the majority of the world's CO2 emissions since the '70s.

To know the biggest CO2 spewers in recent history, have a look at these animated maps from the Paris-based data designer "JeremY Boy." They show the countries responsible for the bulk of emissions since 1971, with pulsating, foul-looking clouds each representing 300 million tonnes of C02. Note that some countries are left blank due to missing or incomplete information (certain governments don't accurately track bunker fuels, for instance), and that the data refers only to emissions from burning fossil fuels, not smaller sources like incinerating waste materials.

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Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, March 29, 2014 9:34 AM

But while emissions are a global problem, the blame for producing them is not. A few countries have been disproportionately responsible for clouding the air with climate-bending gases. And though they may have cleaned up their act in recent years, significant damage has already been done.

 
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9 Charts That Tell You Where Life Is Pretty Terrific

9 Charts That Tell You Where Life Is Pretty Terrific | green infographics | Scoop.it

The Paris-based think tank known as the OECD is just out with its semi-annual survey of how different economies stack up in terms of social well-being. (Well-being is basically the polite way economists talk about happiness.) The organization even has a new data visualization to let you see where your country ranks in certain key measures.

Called "Society at a Glance," the report is well worth a read. But here are some of the most interesting bits of data we found, in no particular order.

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Ma. Caridad Benitez's curator insight, March 20, 2014 11:47 AM

Un análisis de datos a la VENA!

Russell Roberts's curator insight, March 22, 2014 11:20 AM

Thanks to reporter Matt Phillips of "The Atlantic Cities" website for this revealing set of bar graphs. The data were compiled by the French think tank "OECD" and showed where nations placed on the "social well being" or happiness scale.  The United States didn't do well in a number of areas...perhaps this is something our political leadership should study before they pass legislation that costs us much but delivers so little.    Aloha, Russ.

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How Can You Reduce Your Water Footprint?

How Can You Reduce Your Water Footprint? | green infographics | Scoop.it

How much water do you use every day?  The answer might surprise you

A paper released online last week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences concluded that Americans significantly underestimate their water use.

Curious how my friends and family would fare, I reached out via social media and posed the simple question, “how much water do you use each day?”  The results in my quick survey ranged to from 2 gallons to 300 gallons, but the most common estimate was 10 to 15 gallons per day.  In reality, Americans use closer to 90 gallons of water a day.  To put things in perspective, a 10-minute shower with an EPA WaterSense labeled high efficiency showerhead consumes 22 gallons, while a 20 minute shower with an older, high flow showerhead could be as much as 100 gallons.  Last month, Governor Brown declared a state of emergency and called on all Californians to conserve water in every way possible. 

Knowing how much water you use, and how and where you use it, are important first steps in determining the most effective ways you can save water in your home and business.

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Alison D. Gilbert's curator insight, March 12, 2014 7:43 PM

Water, water, everywhere but not a drop to waste.

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All of Earth's land mammals by total weight in one graph

All of Earth's land mammals by total weight in one graph | green infographics | Scoop.it

Randall Munroe, a former NASA roboticist who nows draws clever geeky webcomics at XKCD, used data from Vaclav Smil's The Earth's Biosphere: Evolution, Dynamics, and Change ("plus a few other sources") to create a visualization of all of Earth's land mammals, which include us, by weight. It does certainly put things in perspective, especially when you compare wild land mammals to us and our livestock and pets.

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Google's Next Goal: To Stop Deforestation with Global Forest Watch

Google's Next Goal: To Stop Deforestation with Global Forest Watch | green infographics | Scoop.it

Deforestation has long been cited as a problem, but a lack of accessible data meant that the general public had to take someone's word for the figures. As a result, its threat always seemed more abstract and nebulous than, say, climate change or rising sea levels.


Until now: Google has unveiled its Global Forest Watch, an online tool that monitors deforestation around the world in near-real time.

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Antonio Lopez's curator insight, February 28, 2014 6:05 AM

One role of media should be to act like those speed monitors we see that tell us how fast we are going. Hopefully a program like Google's Global Forest Watch can help us monitor deforestation in real time.

thinking peasant's curator insight, February 28, 2014 6:51 AM

maybe they have not gone over to the dark side for good?

Daniel LaLiberte's comment, March 10, 2014 11:59 AM
Another writeup at: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-26287137
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How Weather Forecasts Can Help Optimize Energy Usage

How Weather Forecasts Can Help Optimize Energy Usage | green infographics | Scoop.it

Researchers at the University of Adelaide have been exploring how using public weather forecast information can help deliver significant reductions in energy consumption.


Combining information from the Bureau of Meteorology with data from existing building management systems, the researchers have developed an intelligent model that remains one step ahead of the building’s temperature changes, automatically adjusting the heating and cooling supply accordingly.

Early experimental results have provided encouraging results, with at least 10 per cent energy savings shown to be possible.

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Department of Energy: 2014 Is the 'Year of Concentrating Solar Power'

Department of Energy: 2014 Is the 'Year of Concentrating Solar Power' | green infographics | Scoop.it
Concentrating solar power is poised on the cusp of a major advance as the goal of integrating grid-scale thermal energy storage appears within reach.

Already able to produce utility-scale amounts of renewable electricity cost-effectively, scientists and engineers have been focusing on developing new, more efficient and cheaper thermal energy storage systems and integrating them into CSP plants. That goal now appears within reach...

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Organic Social Media's curator insight, May 30, 2014 11:20 AM

Concentrating solar power is poised on the cusp of a major advance as the goal of integrating grid-scale thermal energy storage appears within reach.

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What is a Climate and Energy Indicator? | Infographic

What is a Climate and Energy Indicator? | Infographic | green infographics | Scoop.it

This infographic is from the 2014 Environmental Performance Index. The Environmental Performance Index (EPI) ranks how well countries perform on high-priority environmental issues in two broad policy areas: protection of human health from environmental harm and protection of ecosystems. Within these two policy objectives the EPI scores country performance in nine issue areas comprised of 20 indicators. Indicators in the EPI measure how close countries are to meeting internationally established targets or, in the absence of agreed-upon targets, how they compare to the range of observed countries.

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The Most Bike-Friendly States In The U.S.

The Most Bike-Friendly States In The U.S. | green infographics | Scoop.it

Washington, Minnesota, and Wisconsin are the best states for cycling in the United States. Alabama, Montana, and Kentucky are the worst. States like Florida and New York fall somewhere in the middle.

That's according to The League of American Bicyclists, which every year ranks states on their friendliness to cycling. Washington keeps its No. 1 status from last year, with Wisconsin moving up five places. Montana has dropped 10 places to 49th. Meanwhile, California and Ohio are the most improved from 2013. The latter state is up 16 places, from 32nd to 16th.

Find more deatils at the link or see the full report and methodology here.

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Infographic: Are We on the Path to Peak Water?

Infographic: Are We on the Path to Peak Water? | green infographics | Scoop.it

Many scientists and experts fear that humanity is reaching the point of peak water — the point at which freshwater is being consumed faster than it is being replenished or available. In the infographic above we take a look at the amount of water use around the world. Can we cut back before we reach the point of no return?


Kylie Schultz researched, wrote and produced this infographic as a participant in the Ensia Mentor Program. Her mentor for the project was Ensia director Todd Reubold. Infographic design and layout byAmber Billings.

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Cities Leading the Way in Solar Energy [infographic]

Cities Leading the Way in Solar Energy [infographic] | green infographics | Scoop.it
Since 2002, the U.S. has increased its installed solar photovolatic capacity by a factor of 200. Which cities are leading the way?

The U.S. now has more than 200 times the amount of installed solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity than it did in 2002, according to a new report from Environment America, and the top 20 cities for this capacity contain more solar power today than the amount installed for the total country six years ago. "Shining Cities: At the Forefront of America's Solar Energy Revolution" looks at which metropolises were in the lead of PV capacity in 2013, and what cities top the country when it comes to capacity per capita. The top cities may not necessarily be the locales you expect, but this data may highlight potential markets that are hot for building PV installations.

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Solar Power Is A Huge Water Saver (World Water Day Infographic)

Solar Power Is A Huge Water Saver (World Water Day Infographic) | green infographics | Scoop.it

Every year since 1993, the community of nations has focused on the importance of fresh water and advocated for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. Severe droughts experienced recently in places like the American West, the Horn of Africa, Russia, China, and Australia have highlighted the fact that humans are rapidly using up the world's water supplies—and when they’re gone, they’re gone. We are spending one of our most vital resources in greater volumes every day.

One Block Off The Grid recently developed an infographic to illustrate how energy production depends on water. It shows water use by four of the most common energy sources: coal, nuclear, oil and gas, and solar. Solar comes out on top big time.

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Russell Roberts's curator insight, May 2, 2014 10:17 AM

Interesting infographic from Lauren Moss.  This graphic makes a strong case for solar power. It's about time Hawaii integrated more solar power into the grid.  With the adoption of "smart meters" and better grid management, we can lessen our dependence on imported oil for power generation.  Aloha, Russ.

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Mercury Rising: Protecting the Health of Humans, Waterways and Fish [infographic]

Mercury Rising: Protecting the Health of Humans, Waterways and Fish [infographic] | green infographics | Scoop.it

The news is abuzz with reports of mercury-contaminated fish traversing our waters, and www.fix.com has created an infographic entitled “Mercury Rising: Enjoy Fish Without the Risk” explaining the dangers of mercury, who it affects, and how to avoid consuming this neurotoxin. Mercury is found naturally in our environment, however, in high concentrations, it can be dangerous. Unfortunately, due to contaminated emissions from businesses such as power plants, cement plants, and chemical manufacturers, over 18 million acres of lakes, wetlands, and estuaries are now contaminated by mercury. Additionally, over 1.2 million river miles have also been contaminated, and those numbers are rising every year.

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Forests & Big Data: 5 Deforestation Hotspots Flying Under the Radar

Forests & Big Data: 5 Deforestation Hotspots Flying Under the Radar | green infographics | Scoop.it

We are still losing forests and trees much faster than they can regrow. In fact, we are losing 50 soccer fields worth of trees every minute!

Many are working to reverse tree cover loss in the world’s largest remaining forests: the Amazon Basin, Congo Basin, tropical forests of Indonesia and the vast boreal forests of Russia and Canada. These are worthy goals, considering that just two countries—Brazil and Indonesia—still account for about half of all tropical forest loss.

But several hugely important deforestation hotspots are still flying under the radar. These forest areas don’t get the headlines or resources of the major tropical regions, but are seeing alarming trends or have lost much of their tree cover already.


Visit the link for more the latest data from Global Forest Watch, an online forest monitoring and alert system.

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Near-real-time monitoring: Global Forest Watch

Near-real-time monitoring: Global Forest Watch | green infographics | Scoop.it

Global Forest Watch uses satellite imagery and other technologies to estimate forest usage, change, and tree cover (among other things). These estimates and their eventual actions used to be slow. Now they're near-real-time.

The online forest monitoring system created by the World Resources Institute, Google and a group of more than 40 partners uses technologies including Google Earth Engine and Google Maps Engine to map the world’s forests with satellite imagery, detect changes in forest cover in near-real-time, and make this information freely available to anyone with Internet access.

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Ma. Caridad Benitez's curator insight, March 18, 2014 10:18 AM

When reality is worst than fiction!

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Infographic - 10 Interesting Facts about Solar Energy

Infographic - 10 Interesting Facts about Solar Energy | green infographics | Scoop.it

We find the below infographic to be very interesting, as it highlights facts about solar energy which we did not know.  From Google to Space Missions and from flooring to a roadway, check out the interesting facts and amaze your friends with your knowledge.

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3 tips for companies to reduce carbon in their supply chains [infographic]

3 tips for companies to reduce carbon in their supply chains  [infographic] | green infographics | Scoop.it

Cutting carbon is not just about reducing emissions. The bulk of the problem lies along the supply chain, which should be meaningfully engaged.

The corporate sector is facing some stark and irrefutable truths regarding climate change.

First, at over 400 parts per million, atmospheric carbon is skyrocketing. If large companies are going to achieve their carbon reduction targets, it's imperative that they engage their supply base.

Visit the link for three top tips on how to kick-off doing so.

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Infographic: What is Light Pollution?

Infographic: What is Light Pollution? | green infographics | Scoop.it

Light pollution refers to the various ways in which artificial light can negatively impact our natural environment. The four most common categories of light pollution are urban glow, glare, light clutter, and light trespass.

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