For the last month and a half, along with my daily workload, I had been producing a bunch of stuff for last week’s InfoComm 17 which all but consumed my waking hours. Now that the show has past, and looks like it will be a huge success for my company, I decided to take some time this Monday morning and do some research and get some inspiration. The video below from BRIKK is a three and a half minute animation that is beautifully executed and provides you with some food for thought on this Monday morning. Follow along as BRIKK explores the major milestones that have shaped the world as Earth moves farther into the Anthropocene – the latest geologic epoch named for humanity’s influence on the globe. Get lost in the lush textures, rich color pallet, and illustrative storytelling. Then ask yourself, “Is there intelligent life on planet earth?”
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.
This is a great little animation/simulation about human impact on the global environment over the last 250 years. Developed for the Planet Under Pressure conference which was held in London at the end of March, the film has visual impact that makes you stop and think. Even those of you that don’t believe global warming/global climate change is real.
Later this week I am flying to France, and now that Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajoekull is starting to calm down, it’s a certainty that I’ll be going. Over at Information Is Beautiful, they posted an interesting graph about how much CO2 is pushed into the atmosphere by both the volcano and the airline industry. Based on the graph, I wonder what the environmental impact would be, if 4 days a month were no fly days world-wide. I have a feeling that the world would reduce CO2 emissions by a number far greater than 206,465 tons.
For full volcano statistics in a less visually appealing form, go here.
According to Institution of Mechanical Engineers the fabrication of forests with artificial trees is one of the best strategies to stop climate change. Yet they warn that this is not a silver bullet and should be implemented in addition to current efforts reduce our overall carbon footprint.
According to the British researchers the climate is changing so quickly, that without geo-engineering we will be unable to stop its progression before we reach the critical mass of no turning back. The use of artificial trees is currently number one on their list of recommendations for geo-engineered solutions.
The technology behind the artificial trees, which should filter CO2 from the air, is currently being developed. The first generation prototypes are able to retrieve a thousand times more CO2 from the air than a regular tree.
Each artificial tree is about the size of a shipping container. Above is a picture of an actual prototype that has been developed in the UK. Researchers believe they will be able to mass-produce them soon and expect they will be part of our landscape within ten to twenty years. Lets hope it is ten instead of twenty.