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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.