Global Climate Change

Twan van Keulen’s Alphabet is Leafing Out.

The severe drought and crushing heat wave that is gripping the central United States has caused a number of my trees to go into shock. The result is they think it’s fall and are dropping their leaves. I’ve been paying close attention to the maples we planted last fall, because I have pretty strong feeling they might not make it. All of this paying attention to leaves and trees led me to graphic designer Twan van Keulen’s alphabet hand cut from fallen leaves.

van Keulen hand cuts each letter, then scans them at 1200 dpi with no post processing in Photoshop. What you see is what you get with the colors of nature coming through on each. The hand craft that went into these is quite impressive, and while there is no mention of making them available commercially, there is a poster that will be released in the near future. I think these are absolutely stunning.

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Thanks Frank, You Got Me Thinking.

For the second week in a row, Kansas City is melting in triple digit heat. We have been on average about 5 to 10 degrees above normal each month since last August. A mild winter transitioned right through spring into an early summer, with no sign of break any time soon.

This afternoon I saw a post on Facebook from my friend Frank Morris, News Director at KCUR that linked to “This is What Global Warming Looks Like” on the weather channel. This article got me to thinking about global climate change, and I started digging around for well designed infographics about it. I was actually rather surprised at the limited number of really well designed ones I found after doing a Google search. There are plenty of infographics, just not all are related to climate change and global warming, and many of them offer little real information.Below are a few that I found.

The first two deal with shrinking arctic sea ice and how it is increasing global temperatures by failing to reflect more light back into space. The others deal with your carbon footprint, sea level change, and how global warming/climate change works. What I had a hard time finding, was anything that talked about the increased burden in terms of health, food production, strain on the power grid, possible economic, political, and social unrest.

Perhaps I need to refine my search terms a little more.

The CNN ECOSPHERE Project Case Study

Back in November I posted about the COP 17 conference in Durban, South Africa. Specifically I posted about the real-time holographic model that was being built via Twitter about the conference. The video below is the case study showing the result of how social media impacted and influenced discussions within the conference. It’s pretty impressive when you see the numbers.

CNN Ecosphere for the COP17 Conference.

CNN has come up with a really amazing data visualization for tweets being generated at the COP17 Conference on Global warming. The concept is really pretty simple, tweet and add the hash tag #COP17. Your tweet is added to the visualization engine and based on the number of re-tweets, comments, direct messages etc. you get to watch your ideas and thoughts grow. To tie this back into the conference itself, CNN is projecting the entire visualization as a hologram inside the conference itself. The embedded video below gives you a pretty solid idea of how this works, and to participate go here.