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Subverting the LiDAR Landscape: An Artistic Exploration

Subverted scan of London by Matthew Shaw | (via we make money not art) Worldchanging correspondent Regine Debatty has a post up at we make money not art about a cool project on display at Constructing Realities, an exhibition showcasing the best work from the Postgraduate Certificate Course in Advanced Architectural Research at the Bartlett School of Architecture. The project is called "Subverting the LiDAR Landscape: Tactics of Spatial Redefinition for a Digitally Empowered Population" and...


4C Interactive Google Earth Map Launched

Interactive tool layering climate data over Google Earth maps shows the impact of an average global temperature rise of 4C. by Adam Vaughan A new interactive Google Earth map was developed using peer-reviewed science from the Met Office Hadley Centre and other leading impact scientists. Photograph: Think it's hot this summer? Wait until you see Google's simulation of a world with an average global temperature rise of 4C. Using a map that was first launched by the...


Link Roundup: Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

This morning I received an email from a Worldchanging reader who was amazed at the lack of coverage of the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico here at Worldchanging. I agree with the reader that this spill is one of the biggest environmental catastrophes in decades and that a great focus of effort and ingenuity is needed to address the gigantic problems the oil spill has created (and is continuing to create). As to why there's been a lack of coverage here, well, there are...


The Effects of Climate Change: Stories from Around the World

President Obama and other world leaders will gather in Copenhagen next week to discuss climate change. Though this is a global issue, it’s also a profoundly local one. For this reason, the Op-Ed editors asked writers from four different continents to report on the climate changes they’ve experienced close to home. Here are their dispatches. Here are snippets of the four stories that ran in the NYT this weekend, along with their illustrations: South Africa’s Fire Kingdom In Cape...


The Future of Environmental Law Mapping

By Laurent Granier Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and mapping offer great opportunities for the transfer of legal data from books to maps. GIS applications have been evolving in many directions, well beyond geography. Many fields such as environmental economics, social science, health science and administration are now aggregated with scientific representations. The methods for environmental and social mapping are now participatory too. Together, these tools offer new, integrated...

Four Degrees Warmer: An Interactive Map

by Alex Aylett Unless we act now, our children will live in a significantly warmer world. To get an idea of what the cost of inaction means for future generations, the climate research team at the United Kingdom's Met Office Hadley Centre released an impressive interactive map of what a warmer world will look like. The dollar-store summary is that a world at +4°C/7°F isn't pretty. Recently, the map was the centerpiece of U.K. Foreign Secretary David Miliband's press conference to call...


Google Earth 3D Climate Change Simulator Unveiled - Starring Al Gore

Google is using its Google Earth mapping tool to simulate on a 3D map of the world the predicted effects of climate change until the year 2100. Using data provided by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the search giant created new layers for Google Earth showing the range of expected temperature and precipitation changes under different global emissions scenarios that could occur throughout the century. The Sydney Morning Herald further reports these “new tools were...

The Backstory of Stuff: New Sites Enable More Transparency in the Supply Chain

by Kirstin Butler In simpler times, just checking the tag inside a t-shirt was enough to qualify you as a discerning consumer. Choosing goods “made in the USA” over countries with more lenient labor laws meant that you’d done your due diligence as a shopper. As geopolitics have become more complex, though, so too has the supply and demand of stuff; and now making even the most basic purchases can be fraught with considerably more anxiety. The good news is that while the times have...


Sunlight Foundation’s Ellen Miller at Transparent Text

Ellen Miller, the founder of the Sunlight Foundation, wants to redefine public information as online information. To have government accountability, we need “information for media and citizens alike” – and we need to find ways to make this information comprehensible through visualizations and other tools. To date, Sunlight has been focused primarily on the US congress. They’re spreading out, slightly, looking at US executive data and some state data. She nods towards...


Controlling the Ranching Boom That Threatens the Amazon

by Rhett Butler Clearing land for cattle is responsible for 80 percent of rainforest loss in the Brazilian Amazon. But with Amazon ranching now a multi-billion dollar business, corporate buyers of beef and leather, including Wal-Mart, are starting to demand that the destruction of the forest be halted. In the Brazilian Amazon, 80 million head of cattle — nearly as many as exist in all of the United States — now graze on land that once was tropical rainforest or the biologically rich,...

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