How Does the World Search For ‘Global Warming’? Google Created a Visualization to Show It

Google recently released a beautiful interactive visualization that explores search volumes for phrases related to climate change. Curious to see how “global warming,” “energy” or “oceans” are trending around the world? Google put those and other popular searches on the map, highlighting recent searches and data from 20 cities around the globe.

Patagonia Wants You To “Vote The Environment”

Is voting on your calendar? This October and November mark primary and mid-term elections seasons, and according to a recent poll by Harvard University, only 23% of young people “definitely plan” to vote.

What Can We Do if Climate Change Is Inevitable? This Fascinating New Website Gives Us the Data

This is one of the most important articles I will write this year, and it’s only February. Climate Change is a fact of life in our world, and one that increasingly makes itself known through natural disasters, crop failures and economic impacts. Being human however, it’s easy to think that everything is normal – status quo.

EnviroSiren: A Playful Music Vid About Climate Change

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While on the beautiful beaches of Costa Rica, Jules Cazedessus sat with her young nephew talking about the planet and some of the issues affecting it today. As they conversed about animal extinction, the changing of the climates, and the rising of oceans, Jules couldn’t help but think : What sort of planet is her nephew going to inherit. Were people going to be smart and make the right decisions for long term environmental sustainability? There wasn’t a clear answer in Jules’ mind, and she decided that she would give what she could to continue the conversation regarding the issue. She wrote a song and titled it “S.O.S – Sink or Swim?

Massive Ice Typography With A Message

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Environmental artist Nicole Dextras creates larger than life installations with a message to share, but the message only lasts as long as the weather permits. For her series Signs of Change, Dextras used wooden forms to create ice words that ranged from 18inches to 8 feet tall and placed them in various locations throughout Canada from the highly trafficked metropolis of Toronto to the pristine corners of the Yukon. The angle from which they are viewed as well as how far along they are in the melting process determine how a person might interpret them. She uses coloring in some of the sculptures to make them stand out more and make sure her message gets noticed and takes photographs and time lapse videos to record their life and eventual death. The medium of ice shows the transient nature of all things.

Visual Bits #262 > It’s Getting Hot In Here

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Changing Forests: Interactive Map of Tree Losses

The rapid decline of forests around the world is having an impact on local environments and the world as a whole. This sobering graphic by The New York Times brings home the impact of both the ancient forests we have lost, and the recent deforestation worldwide due to logging for timber, clearing farmland and even making toilet paper. As the Times reports, the “world’s 9.9 billion acres of forest absorb roughly a quarter of human emissions of carbon dioxide, and help limit the increase of the gas in the atmosphere.” As our world continues to heat up, even by small increments, will we see further forests lost to climate change?

The Climate Reality Project–Are these natural disasters caused by climate change?

Chaiten Volcano Eruption (25 of 29)

Hurricanes, earthquakes, tornados, tsunamis, tropical storms, glacial melting, record temperatures, floods, epic snowfalls, are all words we hear quite often lately.  All of these natural disasters, storms and phenomena are abnormal compared to our recorded history of weather.  After the Indian Ocean tsunami that hit Southeast Asia in 2004, the devastation of these events became much more real to the world. The recent storm that hit the east coast is estimated to be a multi-billion dollar catastrophe.  Then there is Japan, Chile and Haiti, the list goes on.