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Infographic: United States of the Environment

Infographic: United States of the Environment | Sinica Geography 400 |
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. 

Via Seth Dixon
Brett Sinica's insight:

I am always drawn to these type of maps where data is collected to determine which states are known for this or that.  I have seen maps regarding "state food" and favorite sports teams to name a few, but this one in particular isn't so fun.  It shows each state by negative aspects which in fact could actual be useful for things such as travel.  Say you have asthma or other respiratory problems, after viewing this map one would probably stay away from California or specificaly Los Angeles due to their levels of smog.  On the other hand, according to the map, being a vegetarian in the state of Oklahoma wouldn't be as easy as a more "fruitful" place considering the state has been rated to eat the fewest fruit and vegetables.

Jane Fox's curator insight, June 11, 2013 11:27 PM

Environmental issues map

Gregory S Sankey Jr.'s curator insight, March 6, 9:03 AM

This map perfectly displays the varied negligences of the environment by all 50 states. This map speaks a thousand words about a states geography, ecology, policies, and industry.

James Hobson's curator insight, Today, 7:39 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...

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China's One-Child Policy

China's One-Child Policy | Sinica Geography 400 |

"In 1979, the National Population and Family Planning Commission in China enacted an ambitious program that called for strict population control. Families in various urban districts are urged to have only one child—preferably a son—in order to solve the problems related to overpopulation. What has happened since then and what are its implications for the future of China?"  This is an excellent infographic for understanding population dynamics in the world's most populous country. 

Via Seth Dixon
Brett Sinica's insight:

This was a cool graphic to explain the basics of the birth policies in China.  As a country, it is respectable for them to try and control their global footprint and growth within the country, yet some of the measures that are taken to achieve or sustain them are slightly questionable.  One of the graphics displayed having one child compared to more than one, which were have the chance of being followed by fines, confiscations of belongings, and even job loss.  In a sense, by having more (a child) they actually get less (money, goods, respect).  The goal of reducing the birth rates had actually worked since it was put in place, though it didn't come without some sort of an expense of the citizens.

Don Brown Jr's comment, July 10, 2012 5:18 PM
The social repercussions of China’s one child policy may soon pose some new challenges to them in the following decades. Like other industrialized economies, as China’s population ages, the elderly will be supported by a smaller workforce. However, due to an unequal gender preference for boys because of the countries one child policy, the generation following the upcoming workforce may also be insufficient. How China will respond to the reality of dealing with an aging population and smaller workforce in the near future could possibly result in the country having a large immigrant work force or even suspending their one child policy.
Matt Mallinson's comment, November 19, 2012 8:11 AM
I agree with Don, couldn't have said it better.
Yuanyuan Kelly's curator insight, March 4, 2013 6:27 AM

A really cool infograph regarding China's one child policy!