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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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Enrico De Angelis's comment, May 29, 2013 2:15 AM
beautiful, thanks, google!
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How Much Does Solar Cost in Your State?

How Much Does Solar Cost in Your State? | green infographics | Scoop.it

Solar is a great way to get yourself free from the power grid and take control of your own energy generation, while also helping to drastically lower your impact on the environment. Solar panels last a long time too, once you’ve installed them, they often provide reliable power for well over 20 years, silently generating electricity with little to no maintenance. Sounds great! So why are people slow to implement this fantastic technology?

The initial cost of solar is sometimes prohibitive for families, especially if their energy needs are high. This graphic uses over 45,000 results from their online solar cost estimation tool to show what you can expect, on average, in your state.
The graphic explores four points: how much solar costs in your state, what you could save every month, what you could save over time, how long your solar setup will take to pay for itself. Not surprisingly, sunny states like California tend to have some of the lowest prices on solar, while also providing some of the highest savings over time. However, that doesn’t mean northerns states can’t make financial sense: New York state provides such good incentives on solar purchases, you can actually pay off your system faster there than in California...

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The Environmental Impact Of Your Pointless Googling

The Environmental Impact Of Your Pointless Googling | green infographics | Scoop.it

Those cat videos don’t come out of thin air. Each time you use the internet, massive data servers need power, and power causes emissions. While tech companies are trying to be more efficient and use renewable energy, there is still a cost to every search.

Backers of the Net have long pushed environmental benefits. And it’s true that the Net has allowed us to use less energy by dematerializing many essential activities.

Having said that, the Net’s environmental impact is not bupkis. Recently, campaigners have been sounding the alarm about the cloud-related expansion of data centers around the country, with well-known companies accused of using less-than-clean energy sources to power them.

This infographic by Wordstream points to both sides of the issue...

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Students’ Environmental Impact Infographic

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A marketing campaign for online higher learning courses, this infographic attempts to demonstrate students’ environmental impact both in terms of the amount of paper they use and the fuel required to travel to classes. The facts may be true, but can’t help thinking students aren’t really the ones to blame for damaging the environment...

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