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Mapping All Of The World’s Animals, So We Know Where To Save Them

Mapping All Of The World’s Animals, So We Know Where To Save Them | green infographics | Scoop.it

If your goal is to protect species variety (biodiversity), it helps to have a fine-grained picture. A map showing data for an area 100 by 100 kilometers tells you some useful things about the state of population. But it might miss an awful lot.

"Such a coarse scale of analyzing the data causes many problems," says Clinton Jenkins, a research scholar at North Carolina State. "For instance, a grid cell 100 kilometers across could include multiple Andean Mountain ranges within Colombia, yet we know many species occur only at one or another range, and often only at particular elevations within the mountains."

Jenkins produced these maps, which are about 100-times more fine-grained than normal. They show the diversity (number of species) for mammals, amphibians and birds, across the world. The highest concentrations (red and yellow) are mostly in the tropics. Higher latitudes and deserts are blue, indicating lower numbers of species.

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Daniel LaLiberte's curator insight, August 6, 2013 6:45 PM

Where the species are is one thing we need to know.  How sensitive they are to our disturbance is the other thing.   We are messing up pretty much everywhere, but this map makes it clear we should probably be even more careful in the tropics.  

 

By the way, the oceans have a few more species, I thought.

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Infographic: Together, We Can Save a Whole Lot More Water

Infographic: Together, We Can Save a Whole Lot More Water | green infographics | Scoop.it

World Water Day is one day a year when a lot of people start paying attention to water issues, and that's not a bad thing, but we really need sustained focus on this particular global resource.


It will be one of the biggest drivers in geopolitics in our lifetime, no doubt about it. China is redirecting mighty rivers to satisfy its need, and closer to home, the fight over the contents of the Colorado River isn't going away anytime soon.

Check out this simple infographic that illustrates just how much we could collectively conserve if we just cut back 5 percent in our use...

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Eco-Housing 101 [infographic]

Eco-Housing 101 [infographic] | green infographics | Scoop.it
The tips range from basic knowledge, such as turning off the water when you brush your teeth, to insulation tips that can put more than a few pennies back into your wallet.
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Friday Infographic: Fishing Down the Food Chain | The Beacon

Friday Infographic: Fishing Down the Food Chain | The Beacon | green infographics | Scoop.it
Oceana is the largest international ocean conservation organization. Today’s infographic illustrates how overfishing fundamentally alters ocean ecosystems, leading to fewer and smaller fish over time.
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Top 6 Cities Leading The Green Building Revolution | Infographic

Top 6 Cities Leading The Green Building Revolution | Infographic | green infographics | Scoop.it

Find our which cities are leading the green building revolution--what's working and what they could do better.

Most people agree that green building makes sense–environmentally and financially, and we’re now designing buildings with materials and technologies that conserve energy automatically.


This infographic compares the efforts of six leading cities–New York, Vancouver, Copenhagen, London, Amsterdam and Stockholm–providing a bird’s eye view of  how cities are embracing the green revolution in the race to drastically reduce global CO2 emissions.

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Ocean Health Study Raises Concerns, Offers Some Hope

Ocean Health Study Raises Concerns, Offers Some Hope | green infographics | Scoop.it

A comprehensive study of global oceanic health gave the world’s oceans a score of 60 out of 100.

The Ocean Health Index, produced by an international team of scientists, policymakers, and conservationists, assessed the vitality of 171 coastal countries and territorial regions in ten categories, including ecological characteristics such as “Coastal Protection,” “Biodiversity,” and sustainable seafood harvests, and economic qualities like “Coastal Livelihoods and Economies” and “Tourism and Recreation.”

The study is “the first comprehensive global measurement of ocean health that includes people as part of the ocean ecosystem,” and is designed to help strengthen national and regional efforts to preserve our coastal environments and evaluate marine health...

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Infographic: 10 Ways to Stop Wasting Water

Infographic: 10 Ways to Stop Wasting Water | green infographics | Scoop.it
A family of four can survive on 3 gallons of water a day. An average American household uses 400 gallons a day. Help reduce your water footprint now.
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