Mapping 25 years of CO2

I went on vacation over the weekend, so my content is a little bit behind, but I’ve got a pretty interesting re-blog today from Jeremy Williams at Make Wealth History (another WordPress blog). I’m posting this for two reasons: 1. the graphic from ESRI summarizes a pretty important and complex issue (CO2 emissions) in a simple and illustrative way. 2. Jeremy’s post at once recognizes the importance of the ESRI graphic and calls our attention to the fact that developed countries, even if they are “in the green” don’t always have much to be proud about.

So, I hope you enjoy this post. More analysis of diversity in U.S. cities will be coming soon!

The Earthbound Report

The mapping and information company ESRI have just released this rather striking image. It shows the change in carbon emissions by country since 1990. Green triangles show the countries that saw fall in emissions over that quarter century, thus meeting their Kyoto agreement targets. Red triangles show a rise.


Yes, that’s China. Hard to miss it. In fact, it’s impossible to see the rest of Asia’s emissions, buried as they are under that whopping red triangle. (If you want to see India’s emissions and China’s neighbours, visit the interactive map and zoom in)

Of course, we’re talking growth in emissions here, not total CO2 emitted – such a map would be less generous to the developed world. China started from a low base here. 60% of its population were living in serious poverty in 1990, a percentage that was driven into single figures in a remarkably short 20 years…

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Why Honeycomb Commons?

CSIRO ScienceImage 7113 Honey bee comb showing cells

Last night I shared a campfire with a Floridian, an Israeli, and a Frenchman, all of whom have traveled and now live in other parts of the world, and the thought occurred to me: I could pick no more an exciting time in all of human history to be alive than right now, in this moment. In this globalized, interconnected world, we have never had more possibilities available to us and yet, I believe, our problems have never been more complex. It is this tension that I hope to enter into with this blog and organization, with the motivation that is encapsulated in the following question: How can we move into the future as a society globally (but especially locally) with both an awareness of our mistakes and fallibility as a human species and a sense of collective optimism about another world that is possible?

But what makes today’s problems so complex? Continue reading