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interactive geoengineering map

 

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credit: ETC Group and the Heinrich Böll Foundation

ETC Group and the Heinrich Böll Foundation have produced an interactive map of geoengineering projects around the world in an attempt to shed light on the worldwide state of geoengineering. The map is the first of it’s kind that is publically available that  shows the scope of research and experimentation.

This latest addition to the project builds on an earlier map of Earth Systems Experimentation that was published in 2012. The original map documented almost 300 projects and experiments related to geoengineering. Five years later, more than 800 projects have be identified. These include projects in Carbon Capture, Solar Radiation Management, Weather Modification among others. This is not a complete record of weather and climate control projects, so expect it to grow as the ETC group continue researching and as new experiments are launched.

Click HERE to explore the map and HERE to read more about geoengineering.


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if you wanted to track your local wind patterns…

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We’ve got another good one for all of our fellow map geeks out there. Sev just learned about Windy TV from the lighthouse keeper in the Azores. The website provides a real-time map visualization of wind and weather patterns around the globe. It allows the user to zero in on a specific address or to get a satellite’s-eye-view of whole continents, and it’s a great tool for educating yourself about about predominant wind patterns and their seasonal variations.

Utility aside, we’d be remiss for not mentioning that the visualization is in and of itself downright gorgeous; as far as we’re concerned this is kind of the best way to spend time on the internet since Google Earth.

Oh, and bonus? Windy TV also provides your local forecast five days out without the encroachment of ads.

It makes so much sense to be as familiar with the wind as you are with your coastline, your local watershed, your local politics…

The air is moving! Can you feel it?!


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mapping perennials

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Ever wish you could find every perennial farm any where you went in the country? Turns out you can. Perennial Map provides a great interactive platform for finding perennial farms across the country. Whether you’re looking to network, hire, or just learn more, farms that raise everything from maple syrup to asparagus are listed here. Is your farm missing from the list? It’s free to create a new posting!


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the best infographic we’ve seen all year

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Geographer Robert Szucs created this color-coded map to show which rivers and tributaries feed the water basins of the United States. That big pink one in the middle? That’s the Arkansas, Missouri, and Mississippi, the basin the water protectors at Standing Rock are working so hard to keep safe.


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maps showing how maine’s coastline could change

New sea-level rise forecast is alarming: Here are 10 maps showing how Maine’s coastline could change

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This computer-generated image shows what Portland’s Back Cove would look like after a rise in sea level (Natural Resources Council of Maine).

According to a report this week in Slate, a team led by the former lead NASA scientist on climate change is now forecasting a much more rapid and dramatic rise in sea level than was previously expected.

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find land trusts with greenhorns’ new project: serve your country food

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One of the pillars of the Greenhorns mission is securing land for agricultural use, and then connecting those who hold land with young people who want to stick their fingers in the earth. One of our new projects, dubbed Serve Your Country Food, endeavors to collect and map in one central place all of the resources available to farmers in America. The most recent edition to this work-in-progress is an enormous list of more than 800 land trusts across the country.

Land trusts are an essential force in conserving land from development and getting it into the hands of the brave young men and woman willing to farm it. However, the world of land trusts can be difficult to navigate for those of us who are not land rights lawyers. That’s the National Young Farmer’s Coalition (NYFC) has put together a free-to-download and easy-to-read booklet Finding Farmland: A Farmer’s Guide to Working with Land Trusts. It’s an amazing resource for farmers, land trust staff, and farm service providers alike.

Finally, Serve Your Country Food is a work in progress. There’s an enormous amount of information up there, but we want more. If you have cartographic knowledge or expertise, a useful dataset, or any other helpful information we encourage you to reach out to greenhornsoffice [at] gmail.com

View the land trust map and the other maps we are working on HERE.


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food maps!

40 maps that explain food in America
by Ezra Klein and Susannah Locke on June 9, 2014
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The future of the nations will depend on the manner of how they feed themselves, wrote the French epicurean Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin in 1826. Almost 200 years later, how nations feed themselves has gotten a lot more complicated. That’s particularly true in the US, where food insecurity coexists with an obesity crisis, where fast food is everywhere and farmer’s markets are spreading, where foodies have never had more power and McDonald’s has never had more locations, and where the possibility of a barbecue-based civil war is always near. So here are 40 maps, charts, and graphs that show where our food comes from and how we eat it, with some drinking thrown in for good measure.

http://www.vox.com/a/explain-food-america

 


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superweed map of the usa

Glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, has spawned a new generation of superweeds that are spreading rapidly across the United States.

Since farmers planting Monsanto’s genetically engineered Roundup Ready crops no longer need to worry about overdosing their crops with herbicide, they tend to spray more of it. And just as antibiotic overuse has resulted in antibiotic resistant drugs, constant use of Roundup and its active ingredient, glyphosate, has given rise to an epidemic of glyphosate resistant superweeds.

Use the interactive map HERE to find where superweeds have made their appearance. And learn more about three superweeds in particular: pigweed (Palmer amaranth)horseweed (Conyza canadensis), andragweed (Ambrosia trifida).

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house of fairy tales cartography!

 

Cartography Portfolio

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We enlisted the imaginations of artists to realize the aesthetic, visualize the psycho-geography and describe the terrain, landscape, characters and stories of The House of Fairy Tales. This portfolio is a collection of works that aim to describe the lay of the land. Much like the worlds encompassed in the great works of fantasy literature or the modern digital gaming artforms, The House of Fairy Tales encompasses whole continents, foreign lands and wildernesses as well as the familiar and comforting homes of its incumbent characters. The sale of this portfolio will contribute towards the charities activities with children and families.The Cartography Portfolio consists of twelve prints in a range of sizes from A2 to A1, with 10 lithography prints (including a specially created work by Sir Peter Blake) and two silkscreens.


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596 acres

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This map shows sites of potential community projects. We have taken several different sources of information about vacant publicly owned land, chosen the most accurate information from each and shared them here. This is our commons. We also add few private lots whose owners have volunteered their land for community use.

Tools for Land Access Advocacy +Local Community Land Access Campaign Support in NYC
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We’re creating a practice of building online tools neighbors can use to clear hurdles to community land access. The tools turn city data into information about particular pieces of land and connect people to one another through simple social networking functions. Continue reading


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grazeful living map

http://preview.grazeful-living.com/

  * CSA directory
  * Market vendor directory
  * Market product availability
  * Farm Facebook integration
Available now is Facebook integration with many of the markets when you click a map marker, a local events listing based (mostly) around an interest in farmers’ markets and suggested sites.  The events and sites are generated automatically, and while I would say they are mostly ok, they should improve as more content is added.
Please take a look and share. I am trying to gather more info on the needs of farmers with respect to an app like this so feel free to pass along my contact info.  Also, there is a signup link on the Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/grazeful.living, for the beta release which will have a more complete implementation of these features.