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An atlas of pollution: the world in carbon dioxide emissions

Latest data published by the U.S. Energy Information Administration provides a unique picture of economic growth - and decline. China has sped ahead of the U.S., as shown by this map, which resizes each country according to CO2 emissions. And, for the first time, world emissions have gone down.

Location of Shark Attacks in the United States

Picture: Reddit / seanthesonic

Pack of Siberian tigers hunt down a drone

Video footage of a habitat for these rare felines in northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province shows them meandering about until they catch sight of a drone with a camera buzzing around. The rather chubby tigers played cat and mouse with the drone until a 2 or 3-year-old tiger swiped at the camera, a large paw filling its screen before losing signal.

California's 'Glory Hole' spillway opens up for the first tme in nearly a decade

The World Famous Glory Hole Spillway at Lake Berryessa overflowing for the first time ever from the perspective of a drone. Lake Berryessa is 1 Foot over the Glory Hole Spillway  & Hwy 128 is closed on Saturday.

The 10 Amazing Animal Bridges And Crossings That Save 1000s Of Animals Every Year

It's hard to say how many animals are killed by vehicles around the world every year, but it's estimated that up to one million are killed every day on the roads of the US alone. As you can see from the list below, however, some countries go to great lengths to ensure the safety of their wildlife. The first animal bridges were built in France in the 1950s, and the longest in the world, called the Natuurbrug Zanderij Crailoo, can be found in the Netherlands and is over half a mile long! Scroll through this list, compiled by Bored Panda, to see some of the best animal crossings on the planet. Don't forget to vote for your favorite! Crab Bridge On Christmas Island Source: Wildlife Crossing In The Netherlands Source: Turtle Tunnel In Japan Source: Ecoduct In Ba

This Fish Can Bite Through Rock

Humphead Parrotfish are rather extraordinary creatures: with their ultra-strong jaws, they eat coral reefs (and rock) and defecate sand — which in turn becomes the tropical beaches we know and love.  

Eco Tiny Home

The 20-foot by 8-foot Graduate Series 6000 is clad with western red cedar & corrugated sheet metal and is set on a triple-axle trailer for more stability. This stylish tiny house comes from Australia's Designer Eco Tiny Homes .

US Wind Turbines by Manufacturer

The United States wind turbine industry.

Ecoregions of the Conterminous United States

The 84 distinct Ecoregions of the Coterminous U.S.

The migration of anatomically modern humans

Two routes jump out as prime candidates for the human exodus out of Africa. A northern route would have taken our ancestors from their base in eastern sub-Saharan Africa across the Sahara desert, then through Sinai and into the Levant. An alternative southern route may have charted a path from Djibouti or Eritrea in the Horn of Africa across the Bab el-Mandeb strait and into Yemen and around the Arabian peninsula. The plausibility of these two routes as gateways out of Africa has been studied as part of the UK's Natural Environment Researdr Council’s programme “Environmental Factors in the Chronology of Human Evolution & Dispersal' (EFCHED). During the last ice age, from about 80,000 to 11,000 years ago, sea levels dropped as the ice sheets grew, exposing large swathes of land now submerged under water and connecting regions now separated by the sea. By reconstructing ancient shorelines, the EFCHED team found that the 8ab el-Mandeb strait, now around 30 kilometers wide an

The 2016 Global Light Pollution Map

The light pollution map has two base layers (road and hybrid Bing maps), light pollution radiance overlays and the user light pollution measurements overlay. To add your SQM measurements turn on the "User SQM" overlay in "SQM overlay & filter" menu and click on the pencil icon in the toolbar. "SQM overlay & filter" menu also contains filters to limit the display of SQM measurements. North America South America Europe Asia Australia and New Zealand Africa

You are not the majority

You probably live a vastly different life than the majority of people.

When Might We Be Able To Grow Oranges In Atlanta?

RCP45 scenario - our overall emissions decline steadily after 2040)   Hardiness Zones   Oranges (Oranges can apparently grow in zones 9 to 11) RCP85 scenario  (we keep growing our overall emissions like we did for the first part of the 21st century) Hardiness Zones Oranges Via Related post: - U.S. map after global warming  

Carbon Storing Peatlands in Canada's Boreal Forest

Canada's boreal forest (outlined in yellow) is rich in peatlands. This map below shows the percentages of peatlands covering the surface of the boreal forest. The highest percentages are in dark blue, followed by lighter shades of blue, with areas of no color having the lowest percentages of peatlands. Via

How the world has move to the cities?

Within the next five years, rural living will have reached its climax. According to the United Nations World Urbanization Prospects (a biennial publication from the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs), rural populations will have reached their absolute high in 2022 with approximately 3.38 billion people. This is only slightly up from the current 3.37 billion people, showing how the number of people not living in cities has flatlined since the turn of the century and comes after a period of continuous growth since the 1950s when only 1.78 billion people lived in the countryside. The current long-term projections see this number going slightly down to 3.2 billion people by 2050. While the rural population has become a minority globally (at approximately 46 percent), the majority of those are increasingly concentrated in the poorer parts of the world. Sixty-nine percent of people in the least developed countries lives in rural areas, while this number is at only 20 percent in hi

Goose is flying down the highway

When you're cruising down the highway and then, suddenly, goose.

Octopus vs crab

Undersea face-off between an octopus and a crab ends... unexpectedly.  

Can a Volcano Destroy the World?

We all know that volcanoes can cause a massive amount of destruction whenever they erupted they can wipe out entire cities like what happened to Pompeii in the Roman Empire or devastate entire regions like when mount St. Helens erupted in the United States, but is it possible that if a volcano erupted with a massive enough for some time in the future could actually destroy all of the human civilization on the planet.  

Trumps War on Our Planet and Health (2017)

Over the past four and a half decades, presidents from both parties have furthered environmental protections designed to keep the American people safe and healthy. But President Trump and the Republican-led Congress, are poised to wipe out these essential safeguards. America is now facing the worst assault against our environment and health in our history. President Trump has pledged to cripple the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, making it even harder to protect our natural resources, and as a result, the well-being of all Americans. Clean drinking water? Gone. President Trump vowed to eliminate EPA's Clean Water Rule, a critical rule that keeps contaminants out of drinking water supplies for one in three U.S. residents.  Clean air? Gone, too. His plans to weaken smog standards and reject the Clean Power Plan will give us dangerously dirty air and higher risks of heart attacks, asthma attacks, respiratory problems, and deadly heart and lung diseases.  Cli

Sakura blossom projections


Destroying nature is destroying life

This time Illusion was on assignment to help Robin Wood, the environmental activists, by creating three powerful full CG visuals to raise public awareness of the ongoing destruction of animals’ natural habitats. Close-up details: Close-up details Close-up details Agency: Grabarz & Partner Copywriting: Katharina Kowalski Via

Australia's most dangerous spiders

Golden silk orb-weaver (Nephila clavipes) The golden silk orb-weavers are a genus of araneomorph spiders noted for the impressive webs they weave. Huntsman spider (Sparassidae) Huntsman spiders, members of the family Sparassidae, are known by this name because of their speed and mode of hunting. They also are called giant crab spiders because of their size and appearance. Redback spider (Latrodectus hasselti) The redback spider is a species of highly venomous spider indigenous to Australia. The adult female is easily recognized by her spherical black body with a prominent red stripe on the upper side of her abdomen and an hourglass-shaped red/orange streak on the underside.

Every active oil and gas well in the US


Lithium - the fuel of the Green revolution

The world is shifting greener. And while people have cars and inexpensive solar power, battery technology just wasn’t good enough to store energy - until now. The lithium-ion battery solves this problem for 2 major reasons relating to lithium: 1. Lithium has extremely high electrochemical potential. 2. Lithium is the lightest metal on the periodic table. Batteries need to be as light as

Mapping Endangered Species

The UCIN Red List of Threatened species.

Average cloud coverage on Earth as measured by NASA between 2002 - 2015

Cat helps puppy get out of a ditch

The distribution of woodland within the territory of the United States (1873)

Oroville Dam Spillway Imminent Failure Live Coverage (Live stream)

Oroville dam imminent failure massive 200 feet (60.96 meters) wall of water (LIVE).  Almost 200 thousand people had to evacuate their Northern California homes. A view of the concrete spillway from the top of the dam. This is what 100,000 cubic feet per second look like. February 14, 2017

Nuclear power plants in Europe

3D map shows extent of air pollution

The interactive map was launched by to coincide with the end of the COP22 climate. produces three-day pollution forecasts for more than 5 thousand cities.

Deer Crash Density in Maine (2014)

Vegetarianism in India by state

USA: Annual Average Precipitation

Rain and snow are vital components in the planet's water cycle, critical to all life on Earth.    Participation in the United States varies significantly across the country. Late summer and fall tropical cyclones bring precipitation that comes across the Gulf and Atlantic states. During the winter and spring, Pacific storm systems get Hawaii and the western United States most of their rain. Low-pressure systems going up the East shoreline bring cold season precipitation to the Mid-West and Northeast U.S. states and the Great Salt Lake and the Finger Lakes region.   The conterminous United States gets enough precipitation throughout an average year to cover the States to a depth of about 30 inches . It is equal to about 1,430 cubic miles of water every year.    Top 10 U.S. wettest cities (Average annual precipitation in inches) 1. Hilo (Hawaii) - 128.00 2. Quillayute (Washington) - 104.50 3. Astoria (Oregon) - 69.60 4. Blue Canyon (California) - 67.87 5. Mobile (Alabama) - 64.64

Two moose decide to duel on the streets of Anchorage (Alaska)

Two moose decide to duel right in the middle of some poor person's driveway.

Global Distribution of the Coconut Palm

Soil pH Map Of The United States

More than 400 whales dead in mass stranding in New Zealand

More than 400 whales have died in a mass stranding at Farewell Spit, Golden Bay, New Zealand. Nina Hindmarsh Nina Hindmarsh Nina Hindmarsh Nina Hindmarsh Nina Hindmarsh Nina Hindmarsh 416 pilot whales have stranged at Farewell Spit in Golden Bay. It's estimated 70 per cent of the whales died overnight. It's the biggest stranding in recent times in New Zealand. DOC are urgently calling for volunteers who have their own wet suit, food and water for the day.