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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.
Environmental issues map
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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.
This map is very insightful because while we hear all the time about the positive things are state is doing, no one wants to ever admit the things that they are failing at. For example, look at the State of Rhode Island. While we have the lowest So2 Emissions rates, we also have the highest risk of breast cancer. These positives and negatives can be seen all over the United States. One of the most surprising states to me was Texas? While it has the highest CO2 emissions, it also is the state that uses the most wind power. I would have never correlated Texas with wind power in my life so it is a very interesting fact. Overall, a very interesting graphic to view.
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.
Great map shows how little of Europe has not been effected by human impact
Some really interesting perspectives on human development and the impact on the environment
This will be a starting point for the issues facing the United States of America
Environment Chapter for the National Atlas of the United States
This site gives some information about the forests of the U.S in the 1800s.
This app would be good place to start as it offers a quick and engaging overall view of the countries, their location in terms of Australia and their environmental conditions.