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A Graphic Showing the World's Vanishing Wildlife

A Graphic Showing the World's Vanishing Wildlife | green infographics | Scoop.it

The toll of human activity on the world's wildlife population over the past 40 years is devastating. The World Wildlife Fund's (WWF) recently released "2014 Living Planet Report"  shows that between 1970 and 2010, the population of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish around the globe has dropped a shocking 52 percent.

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Nuno Gaspar de Oliveira's curator insight, October 16, 5:52 AM

It's capital, the real capital, and it's disappearing #naturalcapital

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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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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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The Benefits Of Public Transport: An Infographic

The Benefits Of Public Transport: An Infographic | green infographics | Scoop.it

In a world which, for all intents and purposes, has dismissed the environment as a concern and is treating the planet’s atmosphere as a reusable commodity, public transport is one of the few initiatives that benefit humans and the environment. Buses take cars off the road, trains do the same and don’t even use a combustible engine, while trams — where they exist — provide much needed inter-city transport.

It seems that Kansas City knows all of this already, though, if Transform Kansas City is anything to go by. Billing themselves as a “joint effort between Kansas City Regional Transit Alliance (KCRTA) and the American Institute of Architects Kansas City (AIA KC) Young Architects Forum (YAF) – to develop a public discourse on the opportunities of rail transit and facilitate professional and community input in the development of a more sustainable built environment”.

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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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The Future Global Supply of Rare Earth Elements | Visual.ly

The Future Global Supply of Rare Earth Elements | Visual.ly | green infographics | Scoop.it

Up until the mid-1980s, the United States was the lead global producer of rare earth elements — materials that are used to make the technology that powers everything from laptops to hybrid cars — and have come to define our high-tech lives. Now, America is 100 percent dependent on imports of these elements and China is the primary world supplier. How does China's domination impact the future global supply of rare earth elements?

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The Depth of Oil Wells

The Depth of Oil Wells | green infographics | Scoop.it
Just how far down do oil wells actually go? We will show you...
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Visit the article for resources and useful links related to the oil industry and the environment...

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Why the World Thirsts for Smarter Water | Sustainable Cities Collective

Why the World Thirsts for Smarter Water | Sustainable Cities Collective | green infographics | Scoop.it

Margaret Catley-Carlson of the Global Water Partnership has said, ”We cannot create water, but we can manage it better, much better.”


We need to become much smarter about how we manage this precious resource and about how we collect, analyze and use water data. There are three ways we can become smarter about water management:  Instrumentation, Big Data analytics, and cooperation.

Find more details at the article link.


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ParadigmGallery's curator insight, April 25, 2013 8:34 PM

Water consumption is another important aspect to a sustainable future. This article talks about current technology and thoughts for the future,

Here are some startling stats about how we currently use water:

Americans use about 100 gallons of water at home every day * Millions of the world’s poorest subsist on fewer than five gallons per day * 46 percent of the people on Earth do not have water piped to their homes * Women in developing countries walk an average of 3.7 miles daily to get water * In 15 years 1.8 billon people (a third of the world’s current population) will live in regions of severe water scarcity [1]

 

Cassie Knight's curator insight, May 24, 2013 11:20 PM

Wonderful resource to share in the classroom! I love this quote by Margaret Catley-Carlson of the Global Water Partnership: ”We cannot create water, but we can manage it better, much better.” Something to discuss with students and open their minds to different ideas that might be able to be done in the school or home environment. This resource is great to support in explaining the water cycle with students in class. 

Anna Roughton's curator insight, September 3, 2013 10:31 PM

Water Management Ideas for in  the Classroom

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Infographic: The Car of the Future

Infographic: The Car of the Future | green infographics | Scoop.it

Will the steering wheel, brakes and gas pedal be replaced with sensors and software?

Cars that talk to each other are being tested in Ann Arbor, Mich., in the largest vehicle-to-vehicle pilot in the nation, and testing of self-driving cars has been approved in both California and Nevada. In fact, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) predicts that in 2040, 75 percent of cars on the road will be self-driving.

A recent press release on Top 10 Future Car Technologiesfrom Total Car Score mirrors much of the information from the following infographic from InsuranceQuotes.com, which shows what other features cars in the future might have. Think super fuel efficiency, media on demand, voice control and zero maintenance...

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Why a Four Degree Celsius Warmer World Must Be Avoided: Infographic

Why a Four Degree Celsius Warmer World Must Be Avoided: Infographic | green infographics | Scoop.it

The World Bank has issued a new report on global warming entitled 'Turn Down the Heat: Why a 4 Degree C Warmer World Must Be Avoided.'


Why should we avoid it?

Because it would be verging on apocalyptic. Coral reefs dead, rainforests dead, sections of the tropics becoming uninhabitable due to heat, spreading deserts, ice sheets collapsing, rising sea levels inundating cities and entire countries. The infographic below tries to be optimistic, but it is best to know the truth: we are currently a ship of fools sailing for planetary-scale disaster.

The lack of political will is leading to a situation in which we are being forced into the geoengineering option, because the technical solution, no matter how crazy it is, is not as difficult as the moral-political solution...

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Norm Miller's curator insight, January 22, 2013 5:01 PM

If the US Federal Government can not agree on fiscal reforms, what makes anyone think that longer term problems like global warming can be addressed with sufficient advanced planning to avert global warming.  We are probably not going to do anything sufficient to reverse this invitable trend, so why not simply accept the consequences and deal with them as a given?  Low lying lands will be gone, so don't buy any beachfront property not on a cliff.  Farming will need to adapt.  Our microorganisms will hopefully adapt.  We will likely have some food crisis but we do have the technology to handle many problems, and things will be easier if we start to wean ourselves off of carbon based fuels.  Many cities will be gone but I don't see it as the end of the world. 

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Are Earthquakes and Fracking Wastewater Injection Wells Related?

Are Earthquakes and Fracking Wastewater Injection Wells Related? | green infographics | Scoop.it

Two new papers tie a recent increase in significant earthquakes to reinjection of wastewater fluids from unconventional oil and gas drilling. The first study notes “significant earthquakes are increasingly occurring within the United States midcontinent.” In the specific case of Oklahoma, a Magnitude “5.7 earthquake and a prolific sequence of related events … were likely triggered by fluid injection.”
The second study, of the Raton Basin of Southern Colorado/Northern New Mexico by a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) team, concludes “the majority, if not all of the earthquakes since August 2001 have been triggered by the deep injection of wastewater related to the production of natural gas from the coal-bed methane field here.”

Both studies are being presented at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union this week.
These studies, together with other recent findings, make a strong case that we need national regulations on wastewater injection to prevent induced earthquakes...

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Andrew S.'s comment, October 20, 9:45 AM
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Carolyn's curator insight, October 20, 9:59 AM

MORE EARTHQUAKES!

AlaineS's curator insight, October 22, 5:17 PM

Very informative and has specific facts on the topic.

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

World Supplies of Non-Renewable Resources, Visualized [Environmental Infographic] | green infographics | 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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The secret life of garbage [Infographic]

The secret life of garbage [Infographic] | green infographics | Scoop.it

The world throws away more than 750 million tons of garbage each year, and not all of it ends up where you think...
In fact, the average American produces 10 times his or her body weight in trash each year, and when it comes to disposing it, taking out the trash is just the beginning.


Learn more about the issue, as well related environmental effects and implications, at the link to the complete infographic.

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Infographic: The Secret to a Sound Ocean

Infographic: The Secret to a Sound Ocean | green infographics | Scoop.it

Whales are auditory creatures, meaning hearing is essential to their communication, navigation, feeding, and breeding. When container ships, oil tankers, and other large vessels travel through waters that are populated by whales, the ships produce noise that disrupts the whales’ activities and everyday life. This infographic looks at the secret to a sound ocean.

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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, 9:52 AM

Good to be informed.

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COP 19 conference: a key step in the fight against climate change

COP 19 conference: a key step in the fight against climate change | green infographics | Scoop.it

Sea levels and air temperatures continue to rise according to studies, which is expected to lead to more floods and worse heat waves. To help prevent this, the 19th UN Climate Conference takes place this month to discuss how to curb carbon emissions after 2020, including key steps towards a new globally binding agreement by 2015. Check out the infographic on climate change for more information.

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Alison D. Gilbert's curator insight, November 9, 2013 3:50 PM

Will we be in time? What should we do to prepare to protect ourselves?

Jenny Byrne's curator insight, November 10, 2013 12:37 AM

it's true, a picture is worth a thousand words

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Infographic: How Our Cities Are Shaping Us

Infographic: How Our Cities Are Shaping Us | green infographics | Scoop.it

Architects and city planners are becoming more and more familiar with the health effects of our built environment.  This to-the-point infographic, designed by Chris Yoon, cites a few ways in which mid-20th century city planning trends have contributed to a growing obesity problem in the United States.  This data has alarmed scientists, planners and city officials into stressing the importance of redesigning the physical spaces so as to encourage physical activity and healthy choices.


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The Real Beauty of Forests - An Infographic from the National Forest Foundation

The Real Beauty of Forests - An Infographic from the National Forest Foundation | green infographics | Scoop.it

The truth about why forests are crucial for the environment.


It's easy to forget all the amazing things forests do for us. Take a few minutes to discover why the trees in America's National Forests play such an important role in our world.

Visit NationalForests.org to learn more.

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A Terrifying, Fascinating Timelapse of 30 Years of Human Impact on Earth

A Terrifying, Fascinating Timelapse of 30 Years of Human Impact on Earth | green infographics | Scoop.it
A new interactive project from Google, NASA and the US Geological Survey.

Since the 70s, NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey have been amassing satellite images of our planet as part of the Landsat program, revealing a record of change over time: cities expanding, lakes and forests disappearing, new islands emerging off the coast of rising metropolises like Dubai. These historic pictures show stunning change across the earth's surface, in both our natural environments and our man-made ones.


Three decades of global change can be viewed digitally in a recent project between NASA, the USGS, TIME, Google, and theCREATE Lab at Carnegie Mellon. Landsat images taken between 1984 and 2012 have been converted into a seamless, navigable animation built from millions of satellite photos. As Google wrote this morning on its blog: "We believe this is the most comprehensive picture of our changing planet ever made available to the public."


Visit the link for more details and to view a few of the GIFs Google has created showing some of the most startling pockets of change...

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beautiful, thanks, google!
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Stunning Satellite Images of Earth

Stunning Satellite Images of Earth | green infographics | Scoop.it

Of all the cosmic bodies studied in the long history of astronomy and space travel, the one that got the least attention was the one that ought to matter most to us—Earth.

That changed when NASA created the Landsat program, a series of satellites that would perpetually orbit our planet, looking not out but down. Landsat was built for public monitoring of how the human species was altering the surface of the planet. The space agency, along with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), has accumulated a stunning catalog of images that, when riffled through and stitched together, create a high-definition slide show of our rapidly changing Earth, which for the first time date all the way back to 1984.


These Timelapse pictures tell the pretty and not-so-pretty story of a finite planet and how its residents are treating it — razing even as we build, destroying even as we preserve.

Visit the article link to see an exclusive timelapse of climate change, deforestation and urban sprawl unfolding as Earth evolves over 30 years...


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The impact of global urbanization, deforestation, and resource depletion are expressed in dramatic satellite imagery and timelapse video of a changing earth.

These depictions show the massive scale of the environmental impact of climate change, rising sea levels and urban growth, and underscore the need to develop a viable plan for addressing these issues.

Many thanks to Seth Dixon for sharing this resource.

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Lauren Jacquez's curator insight, May 11, 2013 7:15 PM

I suggest you watch to see the spatial patterns emerge!

 

Tracy Young's curator insight, May 12, 2013 6:12 PM

Very useful visual tool for exploring patterns of change

oyndrila's curator insight, May 17, 2013 1:24 PM

Exciting!!

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Deconstructing Construction Waste & Saving Big with Modular [infographic]

Deconstructing Construction Waste & Saving Big with Modular [infographic] | green infographics | Scoop.it

Construction accounts for 24 percent of all solid waste produced in the U.S. That’s approximately 160 million tons of construction and demolition debris created every year.


Reducing construction waste can have a tremendous impact on landfill costs, not to mention the obvious benefit to our environment. One solution for greener building is modular construction. Modular is inherently more resource efficient, and can dramatically reduce C&D waste.

This infographic shares some staggering construction waste figures and the waste and money savings that can result from modular building...

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What’s Happening to Biodiversity? [infographic]

What’s Happening to Biodiversity? [infographic] | green infographics | Scoop.it

Biodiversity—the variety of plants, animals and ecosystems in the world—is a measure of our planet’s health.


Overexploitation of species, habitat destruction, and the introduction of invasive species are threatening Earth’s biodiversity. It’s time to turn the tide...

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An Integrated Perspective: the 2013 Global Energy Architecture Performance Index Report

An Integrated Perspective: the 2013 Global Energy Architecture Performance Index Report | green infographics | Scoop.it
The new Global Energy Architecture Performance Index Report ranks energy systems of 105 countries from an integrated economic, environmental and energy security perspective.

The findings reveal that high-income countries have proven best at managing the transition to a new energy architecture. Norway ranks in first place in the index, where a strong energy policy coupled with multiple energy resources has delivered cheap, plentiful and relatively clean power and generated large national revenues.
However, the index also finds that high-income and rapidly growing countries alike often underperform across a wide range of environmental sustainability metrics. With demand for energy rapidly increasing at the same time as some nations are reconsidering costly renewable obligations and CO2 targets, the report calls for affirmative action to address this.
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For a visual representation of the statistics, visit the link at the article for the report's interactive map, ranking countries on a numerical scale on the following categories:

  • overall performance
  • economic growth and development
  • environmental sustainability
  • energy access and security
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Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, December 11, 2012 8:39 PM

The scale and complexity of the global energy industry demands a country-by-country approach to managing change,” said Arthur Hanna, Managing Director, Energy Industry, Accenture, and a Member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on New Energy Architecture. “The Energy Architecture Performance Index helps nations take stock of their energy architecture challenges and identify specific focus areas coupled with best-in-class examples to use when managing their transition.

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How Much Is the Internet's Electric Bill? [INFOGRAPHIC]

How Much Is the Internet's Electric Bill? [INFOGRAPHIC] | green infographics | Scoop.it
The data centers that keep the Internet running require an incredible amount of electricity every year ... and they waste most of it.


While surfing the web, you’re probably more concerned with the charge left on your laptop’s battery. But how much power does it require to keep the Internet itself running?

Powering worldwide data centers for major web companies like Google and Amazon is a huge undertaking. Between the servers and their cooling systems, 'data barns' consume 30 billion watts annually, about 1.5% of global electricity. And at the rate the Internet is growing and adding users, expect that to rise significantly in the next several years.


Are these centers being run efficiently? What toll does it take on the environment just to make sure your Facebook status (and a billion other Facebook users’) reaches the masses?

Learn more in this infographic via Mashable...

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The Green Fail Infographic | Energy Hack

The Green Fail Infographic | Energy Hack | green infographics | Scoop.it
Everywhere, companies today receive bonus points for going green. In retrospect, is the going green fever in actuality harming the environment instead?

Take bio-fuels, for example. They are praised for being biodegradable; however, the use and production of these fuels release more CO2 than fossil fuels. The row crops grown to create bio-fuel lead to higher erosion rates than sod crops.

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