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An American Human Development Index Map

An American Human Development Index Map | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it

"Our mission is to provide easy-to-use, yet methodologically sound tools for understanding well being and opportunity in America and to simulate fact-based dialogue about issues we all care about: health, education and income. "


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A wonderful tool to explore and play around with demography, income, etc. across the U.S.  It would be great if you could dial in on only coastal counties to compare coastal vs. inland regions of the U.S.

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Tony Aguilar's curator insight, November 17, 2013 6:31 AM

This article allows us to see development in our country. There is abviously less very developed areas and more lower develops on a macro level in this country. This map provides a better understanding for what the looks like in areas of the US we are familiar with. It also helps us to glean strategies of how to spatially implement the development of more lands. This focuses on how evenly spread healthm education, and income is throughout the country. The oeverall question is how do we improve development as a whole throughout the whole country.

Mrs. B's curator insight, November 18, 2013 9:08 AM

Love how this dissaggregates the data to individual states. What are the states with the highest HDI and why?

Lauren Jacquez's curator insight, February 3, 2014 10:32 PM

HDI...Chapter 9 material HUGGERS!

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Tsunami in Japan 2011

This video captures some amazing footage of the 2011 tsunami n Kesennuma, Japan. The arthquake and subsequent tsunami caused catastrophic damage, although many were able to survive on the high-rise rooftop (like the videographer).  Much like a tsunami, the video starts out slow with only alarm bells, but at around the 2:20 minute mark the first sign of the small wave makes its way up the river, with onlookers unsure of the magnitude of the impending damage.  The riverbanks are breached at 7:43.  By 14 minutes, the debris and wreckage is massive, and the quantity of water flooding in is still growing.  The last 6 minutes shows the waters receding, but the impact of the tsunami still spreads as fires spread through town. For a full documentary on the tsunami, click here.  I surely hope that no one reading ever gets a closer look at what a tsunami looks like in person.  This time lapse is an audiovisual representation of global seismic activityputs the Japanese tsunami into it proper context (wait for the dramatic event at the 1:45 mark).


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Tracy Galvin's curator insight, May 3, 2014 7:17 PM

Most people do not realize the sheer power of a tsunami. It has the force of the entire ocean depth behind each wave. It also pours onto land for hours until it stops then pours back into the ocean for another hour or so. Most people killed are killed by objects such as cars and buildings crushing them. Seeing videos such as these can help people get a better idea of the forces actually involved and maybe save lives.

Jess Deady's curator insight, May 4, 2014 9:33 PM

I hope something like this never happens again. Tsunamis are unreal. They are literally horrifying and to see something like this captured on camera is actually really scary. Damn plate tectonics and people living on the water front.

Lora Tortolani's curator insight, April 20, 2015 1:52 PM

So, I will never forget this morning because my brother was living in Japan at the time and I remember getting a text from him saying "we are ok."  My brother is a bit of a jokester so I figured he had something up his sleeve, however, when I woke up and heard of the destruction, I was so relieved to know he and his family were safe.  For the next month my brother flew rescue missions and brought water and food to the survivors.  He had taken hundred of pictures, and I was able to witness first hand how devastating the tsunami had been.  My heart still goes out to those people, and I am forever grateful that my brother is alive and well.

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L.A. Auto Show: Hydrogen vs. electric -- which is superior?

L.A. Auto Show: Hydrogen vs. electric -- which is superior? | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Hydrogen fuel cell cars were the big talk of the L.A. Auto Show this week -- but will they catch on?
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Where is my fuel cell car?

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Changing the Global Food Narrative

Changing the Global Food Narrative | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it

There’s a powerful narrative being told about the world’s food system — in classrooms, boardrooms, foundations and the halls of government around the world. It’s everywhere. And it makes complete sense when you listen to it. The problem is, it’s mostly based on flawed assumptions.


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What are the environmental consequences of growing the food supply to feed the world in 2050?

What are the environmental consequences of growing the food supply to feed the world in 2050? | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it

The most recent UN estimates show global population stabilizing at 9-10 billion sometime after 2050. What will it take to feed these additional 2-3 billion people?

While forecasting anything 40 years in the future is a treacherous task, estimates typically place the required expansion of the food at double current production levels in 2050.

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usman's curator insight, November 23, 2013 6:07 AM

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Tesla Model S tops consumer survey

Tesla Model S tops consumer survey | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
For Tesla Motors, the timing couldn't have been better. Consumer Reports on Thursday issued its annual car owner satisfaction survey, and Tesla's Model S took top honors. The electric luxury sedan ...
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Breakdown of GMO Labeling Laws in Each Country (Global Map)

Breakdown of GMO Labeling Laws in Each Country (Global Map) | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Are you aware of the GMO labeling laws around the world? Here you can view a global map of all the countries and their current status with GE labeling laws.

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Radical Transparency: Can Tech NGOs Improve Supply Chain Transparency?

Radical Transparency: Can Tech NGOs Improve Supply Chain Transparency? | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it

Corporations are increasingly using their supply chain power to protect natural resources and ensure fair working conditions. In our role as stakeholder engagement specialists, we recognize how corporations can leverage their supply chain power to achieve systemic solutions to social and environmental challenge.


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EcoVadis's curator insight, November 18, 2013 4:24 AM

Some inspiring tech NGOs here.

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The Business of Truly Sustainable Turkey Farming

The Business of Truly Sustainable Turkey Farming | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
As you read this, someone close to you may be cleaning, stuffing, or slicing a turkey. Over 45 million turkeys were purchased for Thanksgiving out of the 2
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UCLA project to study shifting L.A. to local resources

UCLA project to study shifting L.A. to local resources | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Could Los Angeles prosper without electricity from fossil fuels? Could the city shun water imported from the Sierra Nevada, even as a changing climate brings hotter days and a declining snowpack?
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Sustainability focus of Terra Linda High School program

Sustainability focus of Terra Linda High School program | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
It was a pivotal class period for the students of Terra Linda High School's energy technology class: The next hour would determine which crude wind turbine would be deemed the winner and used as the model for more advanced designing.
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EPA proposes smaller requirements for biofuel use

EPA proposes smaller requirements for biofuel use | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Corn-based ethanol targets trimmed for the first time in what some call a capitulation to the oil industry.
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Improving U.S. oil production reaches milestone in October, agency says

Improving U.S. oil production reaches milestone in October, agency says | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The United States produced more crude oil in October than it imported for the first time since early 1995.
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Should we be proud of this?

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Thanksgiving Resources

Thanksgiving Resources | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it

Thanksgiving has some fascinating spatial components to it.  My wife and I prepared an article for the Geography News Network on Maps101.com that shows the historical and geographic context of the first Thanksgiving and in the memorialization of Thanksgiving as a national holiday (if you don’t subscribe to Maps 101, it is also freely available as a podcast on Stitcher Radio or iTunes).


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, November 16, 2013 7:52 PM

One of my favorite combinations of maps for Thanksgiving involves the geography of food production and food consumption.  When we start looking at the regional dishes on Thanksgiving plates we can see some great patterns.  This ESRI storymap asks the simple question, where did your Thanksgiving Dinner come From?

 

This StoryMap is a great resource to combine with this New York Times article that shows the regional preferences for the most popular Thanksgiving recipes.  Where are sweet potatoes grown?  Where do people make sweet potato pie for Thanksgiving? 

Plymouth County, MA is heart of only 3 cranberry producing regions and is was also home to the first Thanksgiving.  How has this New England local ecology and traditional food patterns influenced national traditions? 

For these and more Thanksgiving resources on scoop.it, click here.

Tony Aguilar's curator insight, November 17, 2013 6:14 AM

This website is interesting because it gives us the geography of where specific foods in the country are manufactured such as cranberrie sauce, turkeys, sweet potatoes and helps us develop a rich cultural history and earn solidarity of where we come from and the traditions that make us who we are in terms of culinary choices. The original thanksgiving with the early puritan settlers in New England most likely reflected dishes that were synonomous with foods that natives grew and other local items that were family in this area. Now because of industry we to choose foods that have their origin from markets nationwide.

Al Picozzi's curator insight, November 17, 2013 12:35 PM

Love to see where the traditional American Thanksgiving food comes from.  We have that, but growing up in an all Italian household Thanksgivng was more then Turkey...it had an added Italian flavor.  Start with antipasto that had a prosciutto that would met in your mouth, plus cheeses, muhrooms, other meats, then would come the soup, then the pasta, could be any variety then the Turkey, but you would also have a ham because you never knew who was going to stop by, plus all the trimmings and then finally dessert with Italian cookies and pastires along with the Thanksgivng traditions of pumpkin and apple pies.  We took breaks inbetween courses to watch some football and make room for more food becasue it was all good.  We literally ate all day.  So for us out food came form all over the world.  In a nation of immigrants, we added our own flavor to an American Holiday..and to me whats more American than brining in some of your own hertitage into a holiday..we are after all a "melting pot"

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L.A. Auto Show drives new green-car market

L.A. Auto Show drives new green-car market | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
LOS ANGELES >> If there’s a subliminal message hidden amid the flash and sizzle of this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show, it’s this: Soccer moms and macho guys can be green, too.Automakers are extending the alternative-fu...
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Breakthrough for biofuel production from tiny marine algae

Breakthrough for biofuel production from tiny marine algae | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Researchers have developed a method for greatly enhancing biofuel production in tiny marine algae.
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Stanford study could lead to paradigm shift in organic solar cell research

Stanford study could lead to paradigm shift in organic solar cell research | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it

A new study by Stanford scientists overturns a widely held explanation for how organic photovoltaics turn sunlight into electricity.


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The envelope, please: BuildingGreen's top 10 green picks for 2014

The envelope, please: BuildingGreen's top 10 green picks for 2014 | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
It's the Oscars of green building products chosen by the experts, in the runup to Greenbuild.
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U.S. Green Building Council announces new standards for green construction certification

U.S. Green Building Council announces new standards for green construction certification | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
LEED v4 is here.
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The Old Energy Economy, in 3 Maps

The Old Energy Economy, in 3 Maps | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Representatives from 134 nations are gathered in Warsaw this week for the biannual exercise in dithering on the environment—otherwise known as the United Nations Climate Change Conference.

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Automatic: Your Smart Driving Assistant - Apple Store (U.S.)

Automatic: Your Smart Driving Assistant - Apple Store (U.S.) | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Transform your driving experience with the Automatic Link accessory connected to your car's onboard computer and the Automatic app using your iPhone GPS and data plan.
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This is interesting. I just stumbled upon this while looking for a realacement piece for a power cable.  While I have not testd this sucker out, this is but one of an increasingly large arrage of GPS-enabled devices related to your car.  The idea is that with more data you can drive safer and more efficiently.  The key with this will likely be the downsides (as we have seen from the uproar over Toyot's onboard black box data loggers which users can't access, but the company can).

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Talking Turkey

Talking Turkey | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Thanksgiving is a time for family and friends to come together and give thanks. It’s the most celebrated (and most heavily traveled!) time of the year. Thanksgiving is a time to share, to give, and to be grateful for all that we have.
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As Pentagon invests in green fuel, critics focus on the cost

As Pentagon invests in green fuel, critics focus on the cost | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON — When the U.S. Navy sailed an imposing fleet near Hawaii that was powered in part by algae and used cooking grease, environmentalists weren't the only ones who were thrilled.
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This critique seems strange to me.  We are talking about military R&D.  The apparent uproar seems to miss that point.  The critiques from congressmen were apparently absent when the miitary was developing its own private Space Shuttle, it brain imaging initiative, all the robots and "future warrior" tech, ARPANET, etc., etc.  Let alone the congressional penchant to build military hardware that either fails cost benefit projects (such as the military's joint strike fighter) or simply is a joke and outright boondoggle (e.g. almost any new heavy caliber cannon/tank/etc.).  If we are going to critique R&D, then critique ALL R&D.  Critiquing a technology that is certianly in development and fraught with risks but which holds the possibility of huge benefits for society as a whole (not merely war fighting) seems to greatly miss the mark.  I am all for watchdoging and oversight, but this seems a very, very strange target with which to begin that activity.

 

 

I would also add that (while it is certainly within his purview) it is unusual to say the least that the former Captain Kiefer who is essentially 80% of this story is also chiming in with unreferenced statistics in the comments section of this section following the story text.  This seems to smack of a personal crusade on his part rather than a reasoned, objective analysis of the issue of government spending.

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Proposed oil well fracking regulations released

Proposed oil well fracking regulations released | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
SACRAMENTO -- The Brown administration has released long-awaited proposed regulations for the controversial technique for drilling for oil and gas, hydraulic fracturing.
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Aerial views of coal mining operations in Wyoming

Aerial views of coal mining operations in Wyoming | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Coal production’s center of gravity in the United States has moved from central Appalachia to the Powder River Basin in Wyoming and Montana.
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