I was browsing the web the other day when I came across an intriguing site that I thought I would share. It’s called Breathingearth, and essentially, the website features a real-time cartographic simulation providing information on births, deaths, & CO2 emissions worldwide. You can also obtain population and emissions data about individual countries by moving the cursor over the different nations on the map.
Birth & death rates are obtained from 2010 estimates in the CIA World Factbook, while information about CO2 emissions is based on 2006 figures from the United Nations Statistics Division. In addition to providing an appealing visual display for fans of maps (like myself), choosing to represent the information in this format puts data from individual countries in a framework that allows for quick comparison and helps users to see “the big picture”, so to speak.
If you’d like to find out more about global issues like pollution and population control, the website has a few suggested links to visit, but you can always take advantage of the wealth of information available at your local library as well!