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The Impending Disappearance of World’s Natural Resources

January 13th, 2016

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Hmmm… quite worrying… but doesn’t come as a surprise… (PDF with end dates here)

Flex Projector

January 12th, 2016

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Great tool to see the differences between different projections, with the differences visible for the latitudes too.

Projection Wizard

January 12th, 2016

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Get the right projection for a chosen extent, be it equal-area, conformal or equidistant.

Panomax – Incredible Interactive Panoramic Pictures

January 12th, 2016

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Wow, pretty impressive panoramic views, with multiple functions, like time lapse, archive, panning, …

Countries Under the Most Strain in the European Migration Crisis

January 12th, 2016

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Interesting, simple display of migration trends, in total numbers and as percentage of the population. NYT

The True Size Of A Country

December 14th, 2015

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Very interesting to see how countries “loose” size while dragging them over the earth. Due to the usual global projection, Greenland for example looks really huge, but, when compared correctly in size with African countries around the equator, it looks rather shrinked….

Text Collaboration Tool

December 14th, 2015

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Looking for some tool to collaborate together on a text-document? PiratePad could do it…

Live Global Data

October 28th, 2015

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Here.

We’ll Have What They’re Having

August 14th, 2015

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Schöne Grafik mit kleinen Detail-Ansichten der National Geographic.

Global Peace Index

June 17th, 2015

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The Global Peace Index measures the state of peace in 162 countries according to 23 indicators that gauge the absence of violence or the fear of violence. It is produced annually by the Institute for Economics and Peace.

This year the results show that globally, levels of peace remained stable over the last year, however are still lower than in 2008.

HIGHLIGHTS
Since last year, 81 countries have become more peaceful, while 78 have deteriorated.
Many countries in Europe, the world’s most peaceful region, have reached historically high levels of peace. 15 of the 20 most peaceful countries are in Europe.
Due to an increase in civil unrest and terrorist activity, the Middle East and North Africa is now the world’s least peaceful region for the first time since the Index began.
Globally the intensity of internal armed conflict has increased dramatically, with the number of people killed in conflicts rising over 3.5 times from 49,000 in 2010 to 180,000 in 2014.
The economic impact of violence reached a total of US$14.3 trillion or 13.4% of global GDP last year.

RESULTS
The most peaceful countries are Iceland, Denmark and Austria. The countries that made the biggest improvements in peace over the last year, generally benefited from the ending of wars with neighbours and involvement in external conflict. The biggest improvers were: Guinea-Bissau, Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt and Benin.

Syria remains the world’s least peaceful country, followed by Iraq and Afghanistan. The country that suffered the most severe deterioration in peace was Libya, which now ranks 149th of 162 countries. Ukraine suffered the second largest deterioration: following a popular revolution which brought down the administration of Viktor Yanukovych, Russia moved to destabilise the country, meaning it scored poorly on organised conflict indicators.

‘2014 was marked by contradictory trends: on the one hand many countries in the OECD achieved historically high levels of peace, while on the other, strife-torn nations, especially in the Middle East, became more violent. This is a real concern as these conflict become even more intractable they spread terrorism to other states.’

Steve Killelea, Founder and Executive Chairman, Institute for Economics and Peace

Source

Excel: Find MIN for multiple ranges, with offset of 365 days

April 29th, 2015

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To remember….

Changing Projection (Center)

April 29th, 2015

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Interesting how the projection, or better the center and everything around changes dynamically, when one moves around

Andrew Stanton: The clues to a great story

March 9th, 2015

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The children’s television host Mr. Rogers always carried in his wallet a quote from a social worker that said, “Frankly, there isn’t anyone you couldn’t learn to love once you’ve heard their story.” And the way I like to interpret that is probably the greatest story commandment, which is “Make me care” — please, emotionally, intellectually, aesthetically, just make me care.
Andrew Stanton. “The clues to a great story”

Why storytelling matters. Garr Reynolds

March 6th, 2015

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Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbV3b-l1sZs

Conflicting views: Public versus scientists

March 6th, 2015

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Battling Infectious Diseases in the 20th Century: The Impact of Vaccines

March 6th, 2015

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Interesting to see the what happened after vaccines have been introduced.

Global Temperature (Anomalies) Data

January 22nd, 2015

Japan Meteorological Agency – mail to: tcc@met.kishou.go.jp
NOAA
NASA
CRU

Website launched: Global Environmental Goals (GEGs) Live

November 25th, 2014

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There is a multitude of internationally-agreed environmental goals and objectives, which are part of outcome documents of relevant United Nations summits and conferences, resolutions of the General Assembly, decisions of other global intergovernmental conferences, multilateral environmental agreements and decisions of their governing bodies. The compendium of those goals and objectives is called the Global Environmental Goals (GEGs).
The purpose of the GEGs-Live website is to provide up-to-date information on the progress towards achieving these GEGs. In addition, it puts the information into the context of the currently elaborated Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The variables and data are mainly drawn from UNEP’s Environmental Data Explorer.
Users can access the information they are searching for either through the GEGs or the SDGs, as parallel points of entry. Based on the user’s choice, the website shows the direct interlinkages between politically-agreed goals and targets on the one hand, and relevant underlying data for monitoring these on the other.
This website is a value judgment-free effort by UNEP to provide up-to-date information to show progress achieved on issues identified in the GEGs and the currently elaborated SDGs. It is intended to better inform both decision-makers and the general public.

Testing EDE’s graph inclusion

November 14th, 2014

F1 racing winners and age

October 22nd, 2014

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Great overview and display of the combination age, winner, top-10, other of Formula-1 races.