Few words of advise from Steven Pinker.
Using fitness landscapes to visualise evolution in action
Cool visualisation by students of Lada Adamic’s lab.
TED talk on the biology of the Arctic and Antarctic.
Some inspiration for boredom moments when working on the Arctic…
Good news on poverty (by Bono)
Because from time to time one needs some good news
“… we are going to win because we don’t understand politics
we are going to win because we don’t play their dirty games
we are going to win because we don’t have a party political agenda
we are going to win because the tears that come from our eyes actually come from our hearths
we are going to win because we dream and we’re willing to stand up for those dreams…” -Wael Ghonim
“we are going to win, if we were together as one, because the power of the people is much stronger that the people in power” -Bono
Publications in the US 1690-2011
Bill Lane Center from Stanford University has been creating really nice visualizations of publications in the United States. It helps me to visualize the great acceleration in the Anthropocene also in the way we write and publish about the world. You can learn more about the project in Data Visualization: Journalism’s Voyage West
The Growth of US Newspapers, 1690-2011 from Geoff McGhee on Vimeo.
Anthropocene mapping | Video by Globaïa
Nice visualization of the anthropocene b Globaïa. It shows several features of our global civilization: cities, built environment, transmission lines, pipelines, main paved and unpaved roads and railways.
Anthropocene Mapping from Globaïa on Vimeo.
Bivalves collapse | Video of Chesapeake Bay case
I’ve been updating the regime shifts database lately. Today, One of the cases I’m reviewing is the one of oysters collapse. I found this nice animation by NOAA about one of the iconic cases: Chesapeake Bay. It nicely describe the role of anthropogenic drivers and ecological processes behind the regime shift. A good resource to teach about regime shifts if you’re interested.
Reefs at Risk Revisited
The World Resource Institute just released their report Reefs at Risk Revisited. Nature News highlights:
About 75% of the world’s coral reefs are threatened by local and global human activities, according to the report. The percent of threatened reefs increased by almost *one-third from 1997 to 2007, likely because of increased pressure from growing coastal populations. Southeast Asia’s reefs are among the most threatened (map, yellow and red dots) as overfishing, including fishing with illegal poison and explosives, have put 95% of its reefs at risk. In contrast, Australia’s reefs are among those at low risk (blue dots) thanks to the designation of reefs as Marine Protected Areas and comparatively smaller human coastal populations.
The report highlights a new facet of the problem – the socioeconomic impacts of failing reefs. Coral reefs provide food, tourist attractions, and coastline protection for more than 275 million people worldwide. Some countries will have a hard time adapting to failing reefs, including poorer countries and those that have had recent conflict
WRI also offers a KML file to better visualize their results on Google Earth, you can find it here.