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Jiuzhaigou National Park

Jiuzhaigou National Park is a nature reserve in the north of Sichuan, a province in south western China. It is known for its many multi-level waterfalls and colorful lakes, and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992. It belongs to the category V (Protected Landscape) in the IUCN system of protected area categorization. Source: 1

Panoramic planet

Sequoiadendron giganteum

Sequoiadendron giganteum ( Sequoiadendron )

Moscow after the apocalipse

Diving the Depths

Pearl Diver (Free Dive) Pearl divers of the central Tuamotu Archipelago in French Polynesia dive without extemal air supply. They can dive to depths of more than 39 meters where they collect oysters for up to two minutes.


Sunset in Moscow (Russia).

Aquatic Dead Zones

The size and number of marine dead zones—areas where the deep water is so low in dissolved oxygen that sea creatures can’t survive—have grown explosively in the past half-century. Red circles on this map show the location and size of many of our planet’s dead zones. Black dots show where dead zones have been observed, but their size is unknown.

Global forest height map

Heights are the 90th percentile of GLAS height observations within a patch. Using satellite data, scientists have produced a first-of-its kind map that details the height of the world’s forests. Although there are other local- and regional-scale forest canopy maps, the new map is the first that spans the entire globe based on one uniform method.

The Hottest June on Record

The Warmest June Ever Globally, it was the warmest June ever, with the temperature 1.22 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the 131-year average for June. In the northern hemisphere it was the warmest June ever, 1.42 degrees Fahrenheit warmer. In the southern hempisphere, it was only the fourth warmest June, 1.01 degrees Fahrenheit warmer.

Port of Tallinn

Port of Tallinn is the biggest port authority in Estonia and as far as both cargo and passenger traffic are taken into account, the biggest port on the shores of the Baltic Sea.

Water Supply Sustainability Index (2050) With Climate Change Impacts

Climate change will have a significant impact on the sustainability of water supplies in the coming decades. A new analysis, performed by consulting firm Tetra Tech for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), examined the effects of global warming on water supply and demand in the contiguous United States. The study found that more than 1,100 counties -- one-third of all counties in the lower 48 -- will face higher risks of water shortages by mid-century as the result of global warming. More than 400 of these counties will face extremely high risks of water shortages. Number of Countries for each Category in Parentheses: Extreme (412), Moderate (1,192), High (608), Low (929).

Forests: Ecosystem Management

Currently 32% of land on Earth is coverd by forest. FSC Certified Forests With countries > 10.000 Hectares, 2007

The Most Polluted Places in the World

10. Kabwe (Zambia) 9. Chernobyl (Ukraine) 8. Norilsk (Russia) 7. Dzerzhinsk (Russia) 6. La Oroya (Peru) 4. Sukinda (India) 5. Vapi (India) 3. Tianying (China) 2. Linfen (China) 1. Sumgayit (Azerbaijan)

Total Solar Eclipse Paths

Total Solar Eclipse Paths (2001 - 2025)

Road Traffic Accidents: The Modern Killer

The Global Status Report released by World Health Organization (WHO) this year, confirms that road traffic injuries are still a big global health and development problem.

Carbon Dioxide Emissions

Global men temperature has increased by 0.74°C between 1906 and 2005. Temperatures are projected to increase by 1.8°C to 4.0°C between 1980 and 2100.

Earth's Atmosphere

Earth's Atmosphere Top to Bottom.

Endangered Species

About 900 species of plants and animals have gone extinct in the last five centries, and more than 10,000 others are now on the verge of joining them. Here's a look at some of the countries with the greatest potential for both disaster and improvement.

Electricity Production and Consumption

Electricity production

Who is resolving the oil spoll crisis and what are they doing?

Concentrated Solar Power: Can it Power the World?

The first commercial CSP plant opened in Spain in 2007, and now similar projects are being lined up for north Africa in the hope that the continents hot climate can help power the world.

Total Water Use by Country

Total Water Use per capita by Country This map shows total water withdrawal per capita by country. Water withdrawal is the quantity of water removed from available sources for use in any purpose. Water drawn-off is not necessarily entirely consumed and some portion may be returned for further use downstream. Current world total water withdrawal: ~499 m³/inhabitants/year ( 499,000 liters each person ) Annual quantity of freshwater withdrawn for agricultural, industrial and municipal purposes. It includes renewable freshwater resources as well as potential over-abstraction of renewable groundwater or withdrawal of fossil groundwater and eventual use of desalinated water or treated wastewater. It does not include other categories of water use, such as for cooling of power plants, mining, recreation, navigation, fisheries, etc., which are sectors that are characterized by a very low net consumption rate.

Water Resources by Country

Total Renewable Water Resources by Country This map shows total renewable water resources by country. It corresponds to the maximum theoretical yearly amount of water actually available for a country at a given moment. Current world total renewable water resources: ~310 km³ / year ( 310 billion liters ) Total renewable water resources provides the water total available to a country but does not include water resource totals that have been reserved for upstream or downstream countries through international agreements. Note that these values are averages and do not accurately reflect the total available in any given year. Annual available resources can vary greatly due to short-term and long-term climatic and weather variations. What is Renewable water? Water continuously renewed within reasonable time spans by the hydrological cycle (see above), such as that in streams, reservoirs, or aquifers that refill from precipitation, runoff, or groundwater recharge.

Brothers In Mind

The Atlantic Bottle Nose Dolphin works cooperatively to create mud rings which entrap fish. The dolphins then "hang around" to eat the fish which are trying to escape this mud net created by the dolphins slapping their flukes along the muddy bottom of the ocean shallows.

Pathfinder Multi-Band Solar Atomic Digital Watch

Fully-loaded with modern, high-tech functions, the Casio Men's Amazon Exclusive Pathfinder Multi-Band Solar Atomic Digital Watch (PAW1500Y-1) is the ideal timepiece for the active man. With the case, bezel, and bracelet made of durable, black resin, this sporty watch also features easy-to-use, one-button push functions for an altimeter, barometer, and compass. The black dial displays a digital time and calendar display along with moon phase and tide graph. The eco-friendly watch is powered by solar energy so there's no need for a battery. Plus, it features Japanese quartz movement for accurate timekeeping and is water resistant to 660 feet (200 meters). With a comfortable, resin bracelet with buckle and a scratch-resistant mineral window, the Casio Men's Amazon Exclusive Pathfinder Multi-Band Solar Atomic Digital Watch is perfect for the office or trekking through the Himalayas--and everywhere in between.

Greening Walmart: is the giant`s footprint shrinking?

The retailer has shown tremendous ambition to reduce its environmental impact in the past few years. Committing to aggressive initiatives, from recycling to store redesign. Walmart strives to become one of the world's largest green companies. Still, critics point out that Walmart's business model will never allow it to be truly green.

Heat waves could be commonplace in the US by 2039

By 2039, most of the US could experience at least four seasons equally as intense as the hottest season ever recorded from 1951-1999, according to Stanford University climate scientists. In most of Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico, the number of extremely hot seasons could be as high as seven.

World progress report

Where we have been, where we are, where we are headed.

The global water footprint

The 'water footprint' of a country is defined as the volume of water needed for the production of goods and services consumed by the inhabitants of the country.

Shocking Aerial Footage and Photography of the Gulf Of Mexico Oil Spill

This was the most emotionally disturbing video I have ever done! A flight over the BP Slick Source where I saw at least 100 Dolphins in the oil, some dying. I also photographed a Sperm Whale covered in oil all around it's blow hole. Please spread this around the world. Send me any links to places it gets posted so I can follow. I want to piss off the world. Who will answer for these gentle creatures?

Nuclear weapons testing

This piece of work is a bird's eye view of the history by scaling down a month length of time into one second. No letter is used for equal messaging to all viewers without language barrier. The blinking light, sound and the numbers on the world map show when, where and how many experiments each country have conducted. I created this work for the means of an interface to the people who are yet to know of the extremely grave, but present problem of the world. Presently, the global nuclear stockpile consist of 22,600 weapons. These include: strategic, non-strategic and operational weapons. USA and Russia alone have 21500 nuclear bombs that makes around 95,5% of the total inventory. Via

Be strong

NYC and Tokyo After The Waters Rise

Garment District, NYC

World touristiness maps

World map color-coded by level of touristiness, based on analysis of photos on Panoramio. Yellow indicates high touristiness, red medium touristiness, and blue low touristiness. Areas having no Panoramio photos at all are grey.

Shifting North Pole

Shifting North Pole from 80,000 B.P. until now.


Worldwide CO2 Emissions from the Consumption of Energy

Current Worldwide CO2 Emissions from the Consumption of Energy per Person This chart shows current worldwide carbon dioxide emissions per person from the consumption of energy in the world. Data includes emissions due to the consumption of petroleum, natural gas, and coal, and also from natural gas flaring. Current carbon dioxide emissions from the consumption of energy per person in the world: 4.52 Metric Tons of Carbon Dioxide per Person