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Among kids in U.S., the rich get thinner and the poor get fatter

Among kids in U.S., the rich get thinner and the poor get fatter | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
From many corners of the United States -- Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Mississippi -- recent years have brought heartening news about the relentless rise in obesity among American children: Several years into a campaign to get kids to eat better...
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While not new, this is still a concerning trend.  In almost all measures, we see income level as one of the the best predictors of health and routine behaviors.

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2013's Best Performing American Cities

2013's Best Performing American Cities | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
New rankings from the Milken Institute show just how diverse our tech economy has become.

To the casual observer, the narratives of economic growth in American cities seem fairly obvious: the Sunbelt is adding people, the Rustbelt is failing, and big cities like New York, Chicago, Boston and D.C. are coming back. But the reality is far more complicated once you start adding real-world statistics into the picture.

Each year, the Milken Institute’s "Best Performing Cities" index injects some much-needed clarity into the debates surrounding metro growth and decline. An "outcomes-based" ranking, the report takes into account both short and long-term growth in job numbers, wages and salary, and the concentration and size of high-tech industries — an increasingly important part of success in today’s knowledge-driven economy.

The result is a data-driven look at economic growth in America's 200 largest metropolitan areas.


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Rings of population change by block

Rings of population change by block | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
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A great tool for impact, etc.-focused study of localized climate change consequences, environmental justice issues, vulnerability to increasingly probably hazards in the coastal zone, etc.

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Human Population by Lat and by Long

Human Population by Lat and by Long | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Did you know that almost 90% of the world’s population lives in the northern hemisphere? And that half of all Earthlings [1] reside north of 27°N? Or that the average human lives at 24 degrees from the equator - either to its north or south?
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An interesting take on where people live.  While there are many caveats (about density, habitable area, etc.) which covary, the original map is still interesting to look at.

 

Thanks to Seth for re-posting this!

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Destination art: Guide to top sites in the Americas

Destination art: Guide to top sites in the Americas | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Art lovers and travelers alike are bound to argue over some of the choices in "Art & Place: Site-Specific Art of the Americas" (Phaidon 2013, $79.95),  a mammoth new coffee-table tome  that off...
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This is an interesting data point on the continuing divide between coastal and non-coastal culture/demographics.  Essentially all the "must see" places for cool art/visually stunning installations are in coastal cities and towns (I would hazard a guess that the authors spend most of the professional lives in coastal cities).  Here the wealth, political leanings, conspicuous art consumption, etc. has been diverging from our more inland neighbors for the past mant decades. I often worry that this divide is becoming much too wide for all of our own good.

 

As a side note, the lead example/image is from our very own Ventura mall.

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Connor Jacob Meegan's comment, December 8, 2013 3:09 PM
this is cool. there is a building that is up-side-down that you can walk in. I want to go there.
PIRatE Lab's comment, December 8, 2013 9:02 PM
It is a pretty cool bus stop.