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An Eye-Opening Map of the Future of Global Development

An Eye-Opening Map of the Future of Global Development | green infographics |

By 2050, the world’s population is projected to approach nine billion. With more people will come more developed land—a lot more.

Urbanization, agriculture, energy, and mining put 20 percent of the world’s remaining forests, grasslands, and other natural ecosystems at risk of conversion by 2050.

With that kind of expansion, there are sure to be harms—namely clean water, clean air, and biodiversity. 

To mitigate some of those risks, scientists and geographers at the Nature Conservancy have taken a crucial step by mapping the potential impact that human growth will have on natural lands.

It’s the most comprehensive look to date at how major forms of development will take over fragile ecosystems, if left unchecked...

degrowth economy and ecology's curator insight, October 16, 2015 8:45 AM

We need a clean economy

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Bài viết rất hữu ít . Cùng tôi chia sẻ những điều hữu ít đi .
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The Geography of Well-Being

The Geography of Well-Being | green infographics |

Economic growth has long been the basic metric through which we evaluate economic and social progress. But a growing number of policymakers and experts argue that we need a better way to measure “well being.”

In a recent report, the Social Science Research Council’s Measure of America project takes a crack at it with their own metric. Inspired by the UN’s influential Human Development Index for nations, their American Human Development Index develops measures of well-being for America’s 435 congressional districts (plus Washington, D.C.). This allows us to see how patterns of uneven and unequal socio-economic well-being exist not just between but within many of America’s largest metros...

    Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, April 25, 2015 7:41 AM

    The overall index is based on three key dimensions of well-being:

    A long and healthy life, as measured by life expectancy at birth.Access to knowledge, based on school enrollment for people ages 3 to 24 (weighted one third) and educational degree attainment for those 25 and older (weighted two-thirds).Standard of living, based on median earnings for full- and part-time workers 16 and older.
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    Monitoring Marine Ecosystems: Ocean Acidification and New Efforts in Real Time Assessment

    Monitoring Marine Ecosystems: Ocean Acidification and New Efforts in Real Time Assessment | green infographics |
    Scientists have developed a satellite technique to capture a near real-time view of ocean acidification.

    Their findings, published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, showing how data from satellites that measure salinity and other ocean conditions could be combined to produce a new way of monitoring acidification.

    Oceans are taking in about 90 percent of the excess heat created by human greenhouse gas emissions, but they’re also absorbing some of the carbon dioxide (CO2) itself. 

    A set of chemical processes dissolves that CO2 and turns it into carbonic acid and sets off a complex changes to the chemistry of seawater, which dissolves shells and coral and creates a cascade effect that could disrupt entire marine ecosystems.

    A recent study estimated $1 trillion annually in losses caused by ocean acidification by 2100, if left unmitigated. Some research has looked at “designer” corals and other creatures that could survive more acidic seas but more work needs to be done to figure out just what will thrive (or at least survive) the changing acidity...

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    Clean Energy Trends 2014: New Solar Energy Capacity Exceeds Wind For First Time

    Clean Energy Trends 2014: New Solar Energy Capacity Exceeds Wind For First Time | green infographics |

    Clean Edge's latest report on the global energy market shines a spotlight on five key clean energy trends likely to shape future.

    The landscape of the global renewable energy market continues to shift with changes in economic and social conditions and policies. While some renewable energy sectors – notably, solar photovoltaic (PV) deployment – experienced “dazzling growth, success and rising stock prices,” others saw a drop in deployments, as well as challenges on the policy and finance fronts, according to a global clean energy market report from Clean Edge, released March 26.

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    9 Charts That Tell You Where Life Is Pretty Terrific

    9 Charts That Tell You Where Life Is Pretty Terrific | green infographics |

    The Paris-based think tank known as the OECD is just out with its semi-annual survey of how different economies stack up in terms of social well-being. (Well-being is basically the polite way economists talk about happiness.) The organization even has a new data visualization to let you see where your country ranks in certain key measures.

    Called "Society at a Glance," the report is well worth a read. But here are some of the most interesting bits of data we found, in no particular order.

    Ma. Caridad Benitez's curator insight, March 20, 2014 11:47 AM

    Un análisis de datos a la VENA!

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    Google's Next Goal: To Stop Deforestation with Global Forest Watch

    Google's Next Goal: To Stop Deforestation with Global Forest Watch | green infographics |

    Deforestation has long been cited as a problem, but a lack of accessible data meant that the general public had to take someone's word for the figures. As a result, its threat always seemed more abstract and nebulous than, say, climate change or rising sea levels.

    Until now: Google has unveiled its Global Forest Watch, an online tool that monitors deforestation around the world in near-real time.

    Antonio Lopez's curator insight, February 28, 2014 6:05 AM

    One role of media should be to act like those speed monitors we see that tell us how fast we are going. Hopefully a program like Google's Global Forest Watch can help us monitor deforestation in real time.

    thinking peasant's curator insight, February 28, 2014 6:51 AM

    maybe they have not gone over to the dark side for good?

    Daniel LaLiberte's comment, March 10, 2014 11:59 AM
    Another writeup at:
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    US Consumer Support For Clean Energy At Highest Level Since 2010

    US Consumer Support For Clean Energy At Highest Level Since 2010 | green infographics |

    Consumer attitudes toward clean energy technologies in America rebounded strongly in 2013 to reach their highest levels since 2010, countering several years of declines in favorability ratings between 2009-2012.

    This good news comes from Navigant Research’s 2013 Energy and Environment Consumer Survey, and indicates clean tech may finally be established as a preferred option for consumers despite high-profile conservative attacks.

    Overall support for clean energy swung from 2012’s low of 44% to a 51% average favorability in 2013. In fact, out of ten technologies ranging from clean energy to clean transportation to energy efficiency, only one – nuclear power – declined in popularity over the past year.

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    New Interactive Map Estimates Solar Potential For D.C. Buildings

    New Interactive Map Estimates Solar Potential For D.C. Buildings | green infographics |

    Have you ever wondered what the solar potential of your home is? Or where you work? Or the White House maybe?

    A new interactive map commissioned by the District Department of the Environment and created by Mapdwell allows users to click on almost any building in the city and see "how much electricity can be produced on their rooftops from solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, how the financial investment will pay off, and how much pollution will be reduced." You can also see where solar systems are already installed and what the yearly financial benefit is.

    The data used to create the map comes from the Army's Light Detection and Ranging (Lidar) system, aerial imagery from the D.C. Geographic Information System and building footprints from EarthData International, Inc. Mapdwell is "a collaborative effort by researchers, academics, and professionals at MIT."

    Bertrand Auzemery's curator insight, December 18, 2013 3:12 AM

    Potentiel solaire de nos toits

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    The Neighborhood Data Portal Every City Needs

    The Neighborhood Data Portal Every City Needs | green infographics |
    Los Angeles rolls out interactive neighborhood health profiles covering everything from crime stats to obesity rates.

    As the open data movement has matured, public city-wide vital stats have come to feel more like a citizen's right than a civic innovation. This is where things should head next: Take all of that data, map it, connect the dots between public health, land use, economics, education, crime and housing. And portray those patterns – and the inequality they often reveal – down to the neighborhood level.

    Los Angeles has recently done just this, rolling out a web tool as part of its Plan for a Healthy Los Angeles that maps a tremendous number of metrics about life in the region, at both the city and neighborhood scales. Just a sampling of the dozens of metrics, via the portal from the L.A. Department of City Planning, the L.A. County Department of Public Health and The California Endowment:

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    How Supply Chain Data Can Affect Bike Lanes as Much as the Cost of Bread

    How Supply Chain Data Can Affect Bike Lanes as Much as the Cost of Bread | green infographics |
    MIT researchers are working on a potentially massive public-access database of metrics like retail density and delivery frequency.

    Picture this chain of events: people in small homes aren't able to store as much food as people in larger homes, so they purchase groceries more. That behavior leads them to prefer buying from neighborhood stores, which might be smaller and unable to stock as much as huge supermarkets. And that, in turn, means delivery trucks will need to come more often.

    This scenario is a classic example of the complex urban systems that the MIT Megacities Logistics Lab is trying to study. The question of supply chains has historically focused on highly industrialized cities like New York, London, or Tokyo, even though the fastest-paced urbanization happening today is in emerging markets like China or Brazil.

    That’s why the Lab is developing Km2, a public-access database that maps logistics systems (including retail space, parking areas, deliveries, and traffic disruptions) in rapidly developing cities around the world.

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    Visualizing 100 Years Of Climate Data

    Visualizing 100 Years Of Climate Data | green infographics |

    What does 100 years worth of climate data look like when rendered in an interactive, color-coded map? A continental tug-of-war between red (for heat) and blue (for cold), as seasons come and go and cold air replaces the warm.

    The infographic is the work of data visualization studio Halftone, whose principals originally pursued the idea of making a map to visualize data about coffee production against key environmental factors, like temperature and precipitation.

    "Our goal with this project was not to facilitate precise analysis, but to expose how every single month produces a unique and beautiful artwork through our Voronoi tessellated approximation of a heat map," write the creators. "The underlying map of satellite imagery and major geographic features adds a second layer for exploration."

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    Infographic: Watch a City's Pulse in Real-Time

    Infographic: Watch a City's Pulse in Real-Time | green infographics |
    A new way of collecting data allows a duo of creative coders to archive transit information and update the map every hour, creating a handy tool for trend spotting and comparing traffic.

    The first time Andy Woodruff and Tim Wallace created a map of Boston’s bus routes was back in the fall of 2011. Using data from the MBTA, the duo (who write over at Boston-centric blog, Bostonography, charted the paths and speeds of buses over the course of 24 hours.

    In the years since they first published the MBTA Bus Speeds, the team has learned better ways to automate mapping. Now, with a bit of coding they can sit back and watch the maps draw themselves. Woodruff and Wallace pull in data from NextBus every hour, and that information is stored in a database. “Image rendering is done by some pretty simple PHP scripts that grab the data, string the points together into lines based on vehicle ID, calculate distances and speeds, then draw thousands of lines.”

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    Why the World Thirsts for Smarter Water | Sustainable Cities Collective

    Why the World Thirsts for Smarter Water | Sustainable Cities Collective | green infographics |

    Margaret Catley-Carlson of the Global Water Partnership has said, ”We cannot create water, but we can manage it better, much better.”

    We need to become much smarter about how we manage this precious resource and about how we collect, analyze and use water data. There are three ways we can become smarter about water management:  Instrumentation, Big Data analytics, and cooperation.

    Find more details at the article link.

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    ParadigmGallery's curator insight, April 25, 2013 8:34 PM

    Water consumption is another important aspect to a sustainable future. This article talks about current technology and thoughts for the future,

    Here are some startling stats about how we currently use water:

    Americans use about 100 gallons of water at home every day * Millions of the world’s poorest subsist on fewer than five gallons per day * 46 percent of the people on Earth do not have water piped to their homes * Women in developing countries walk an average of 3.7 miles daily to get water * In 15 years 1.8 billon people (a third of the world’s current population) will live in regions of severe water scarcity [1]


    Cassie Knight's curator insight, May 24, 2013 11:20 PM

    Wonderful resource to share in the classroom! I love this quote by Margaret Catley-Carlson of the Global Water Partnership: ”We cannot create water, but we can manage it better, much better.” Something to discuss with students and open their minds to different ideas that might be able to be done in the school or home environment. This resource is great to support in explaining the water cycle with students in class. 

    Anna Roughton's curator insight, September 3, 2013 10:31 PM

    Water Management Ideas for in  the Classroom

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    The Health Profile Of Every County In America, Mapped

    The Health Profile Of Every County In America, Mapped | green infographics |
    This snapshot shines a light on how where we live matters when it comes to our well-being.

    When we talk about the health of America, we often talk in broad strokes. We focus on big trends—say, in obesity or diabetes—not what's happening at a more local level.

    That's unfortunate for two reasons. One, we might miss some of the variety of health out there—for example, that one county in a state is appreciably less healthy than another. And, two, we might overlook local factors that affect our health as much as federal or state policy, or even our own personal responsibility.

    The idea of the County Health Rankings is to shine a light on the local, and show how where we live matters.

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    An Interactive Flood Tool to Calculate Climate Change Risks

    An Interactive Flood Tool to Calculate Climate Change Risks | green infographics |
    A new interactive tool estimates the economic, urban, and demographic risks through 2030.

    According to the World Resources Institute, river floods affect 21 million people in the world every year. In 2030, that number could rise to 54 million, with climate change driving the increase and urbanization putting more people in harm's way...

    Judit Urquijo's curator insight, March 29, 2015 12:33 PM

    Información útil

    Descarga: web

    Precio: gratuita

    Idioma: inglés

    Website del desarrollador: World Resources Institute


    El Aqueduct Global Flood Analyzer es una herramienta web interactiva diseñada para mostrar mediante modelos los daños de las inundaciones sobre los entornos urbanos, el PIB y la población, pudiendo consultar esta información tanto desde el punto de vista de la nación, la cuenca hidrográfica o el estado.

    Una vez seleccionado el ámbito, la aplicación permite seleccionar el nivel de protección contra inundaciones medido en años, que hace referencia a los tipos de sistemas construidos para prevenir las inundaciones y que normalmente suelen estar dimensionados en función de los períodos de retorno.

    En base a los citados criterios, la herramienta presenta los costes generados por las inundaciones en base a datos de 2010. La aplicación también permite a los usuarios estimar el riesgo futuro, realizando proyecciones en el contexto de tres escenarios climático y socioeconómicos distintos.  

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    Does Your State Have the Most—or the Fewest—LEED-Certified Homes?

    Does Your State Have the Most—or the Fewest—LEED-Certified Homes? | green infographics |
    There are 150,000 LEED-certified housing units across the world, according to a new report. Is your state in the top 10 or the bottom 10 for the U.S.?

    There are now more than 150,000 LEED-certified housing units worldwide, according to the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED in Motion: Residential report. Where does your home state stack up? Visit the link for the top 10 and bottom 10 states per certified units.

    PIRatE Lab's curator insight, July 8, 2014 4:25 AM

    Another example of the growing coastal-inland divergence in almost all aspects of our society.

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    Forests & Big Data: 5 Deforestation Hotspots Flying Under the Radar

    Forests & Big Data: 5 Deforestation Hotspots Flying Under the Radar | green infographics |

    We are still losing forests and trees much faster than they can regrow. In fact, we are losing 50 soccer fields worth of trees every minute!

    Many are working to reverse tree cover loss in the world’s largest remaining forests: the Amazon Basin, Congo Basin, tropical forests of Indonesia and the vast boreal forests of Russia and Canada. These are worthy goals, considering that just two countries—Brazil and Indonesia—still account for about half of all tropical forest loss.

    But several hugely important deforestation hotspots are still flying under the radar. These forest areas don’t get the headlines or resources of the major tropical regions, but are seeing alarming trends or have lost much of their tree cover already.

    Visit the link for more the latest data from Global Forest Watch, an online forest monitoring and alert system.

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    Near-real-time monitoring: Global Forest Watch

    Near-real-time monitoring: Global Forest Watch | green infographics |

    Global Forest Watch uses satellite imagery and other technologies to estimate forest usage, change, and tree cover (among other things). These estimates and their eventual actions used to be slow. Now they're near-real-time.

    The online forest monitoring system created by the World Resources Institute, Google and a group of more than 40 partners uses technologies including Google Earth Engine and Google Maps Engine to map the world’s forests with satellite imagery, detect changes in forest cover in near-real-time, and make this information freely available to anyone with Internet access.

    Ma. Caridad Benitez's curator insight, March 18, 2014 10:18 AM

    When reality is worst than fiction!

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    How Weather Forecasts Can Help Optimize Energy Usage

    How Weather Forecasts Can Help Optimize Energy Usage | green infographics |

    Researchers at the University of Adelaide have been exploring how using public weather forecast information can help deliver significant reductions in energy consumption.

    Combining information from the Bureau of Meteorology with data from existing building management systems, the researchers have developed an intelligent model that remains one step ahead of the building’s temperature changes, automatically adjusting the heating and cooling supply accordingly.

    Early experimental results have provided encouraging results, with at least 10 per cent energy savings shown to be possible.

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    2013's Best Performing American Cities

    2013's Best Performing American Cities | green infographics |
    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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    Open Data in Charts: Comparing the open society across countries

    Open Data in Charts: Comparing the open society across countries | green infographics |

    How open-data compares against other national metrics

    The Open Knowledge Foundation has inaugurated an index of the most open-data-friendly countries. Britain and America lead. Yet comparing the index against GDP, corruption perceptions (from Transparency International’s annual ranking) and the UN Human Development Index uncovers surprising findings. The clusters and outliers suggest that for middle-income countries there is a link with open-data practices, but not among the richest countries. Likewise, some of the least corrupt countries are nevertheless middling in making their data open. Together, the charts suggest there is still a long way to go to get states to release their data openly...

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    The Global Population in 2100

    The Global Population in 2100 | green infographics |
    Solving many of the world’s biggest environmental challenges may have just gotten more difficult.

    The Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the UN recently released population data indicating the midline estimate - more than 10.8 billion by 2100 - is 800 million higher than the 2010 prediction.

    Today’s rural-to-urban migration will continue in full force, with upwards of 84% of the planet living in cities at the close of the century (compared to 52 % today).

    Of course population isn’t the only factor contributing to humans’ planetary impact. Consumption may be equally important when looking at the drivers of environmental change across the Earth. Nevertheless, population will continue to be a major consideration as we work to address issues ranging from energy and food security to water availability, species loss, pollution, urban planning and more in the decades ahead...

    Aleasha Reed's curator insight, September 27, 2013 9:14 AM

    By the year 2100 our global population is calculated to reach 10.8 billion. The United States is expected to grow another 150 million by this time. Our population right now is 313.9 million right now. Our big cities will continue to grow, and new ones will arise as the years pass.

    M-Christine Lanne's curator insight, November 11, 2013 2:44 AM

    La démographie, une donnée déterminante  pour l'évolution du climat et la pression sur les ressources naturelles. Nous finissons hélas par être trop nombreux sur terre pour ce qu'elle peut supporter au rythme actuel...

    MissPatel's curator insight, December 17, 2014 2:09 AM

    A future to look forward to? Your potential future? Good, bad or ugly? 

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    Built in the USA – a snapshot of green building activity across all 50 states

    Built in the USA – a snapshot of green building activity across all 50 states | green infographics |

    USGBC has pulled together state-by-state facts and figures about the strength of the growing green building marketplace, creating an impressive collection of highlights and useful statistics.

    Find more insights and links at the article.

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    Tour the Country’s Energy Infrastructure Through A New Interactive Map

    Tour the Country’s Energy Infrastructure Through A New Interactive Map | green infographics |

    Examining the network of power plants, transmission wires, and pipelines gives new insights into the inner workings of the electrical grid.

    Every time you switch on a light, charge your electronics or heat your home in the winter, you’re relying upon a tremendous network of energy infrastructure that literally stretches across the country: power plants, pipelines, transmission wires and storage facilities.

    It can be hard to visualize all this infrastructure and understand how it makes abundant energy available throughout the country. To help see a bigger picture, a new map, just released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, combines a range of data (locations of power plants, electricity lines, natural gas pipelines, refineries, storage facilities and more) into an elegant, interactive interface that helps to piece how it all fits together. You can also zoom in on your own city to see the types of power plants generating electricity nearby.

    The map also includes layers of real-time information on storm movement and risks, allowing energy analysts to better understand the potential impact of storms.

    Norm Miller's curator insight, July 30, 2013 1:32 PM

    Understanding the grid in real time is somewhat facilitated by this new interactive map.

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    NOAA's new interactive map shows all the vegetation on the planet

    NOAA's new interactive map shows all the vegetation on the planet | green infographics |

    Thanks to the NASA/NOAA Suomi NPP satellite, NOAA has put together an incredible interactive map of the world's greenery, we can now see to an amazing degree of detail which parts of the planet is covered in green and which are bare.

    The map is thanks to the ability of the satellite to collect 2 TB of data every week -- and that's only the portion of data collected for the vegetation index...

    alistairm 's curator insight, June 24, 2013 3:54 AM

    I'm hoping we'll see seasonal changes too! Great potential for looking at conservation issues, biodiversity, urban encroachment etc

    Steve Mattison's curator insight, July 19, 2013 9:36 AM

    It is a lot greener than you would think considering all the slash and burn hype the media puts out.