Google+ demonstrates deforestation and other man-made climate disasters with satellite images
May 18, 2013
It’s one thing to talk about deforestation, disappearing habitats, and shrinking glaciers and water resources, and another thing entirely to demonstrate it with actual satellite imagery. And thanks to Landsat images and the Google Earth Engine, we’re getting a glimpse at some key locations across the planet as they are changed by the hands of man. A series of interactive timelapse GIFs that use Landsat satellite data to display massive changes to the Earth’s surface could be a potent tool for motivating individuals and organizations to take action on key issues.
Google’s Animated GIFs of Earth Over Time focuses our attention on key features of our planet, such as the Amazon rainforest, the coal beds of Wyoming, the Columbia Glacier, the Aral Sea, and the deserts of Saudi Arabia.
Today, we’re making it possible for you to go back in time and get a stunning historical perspective on the changes to the Earth’s surface over time. Working with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), NASA and TIME, we’re releasing more than a quarter-century of images of Earth taken from space, compiled for the first time into an interactive time-lapse experience. We believe this is the most comprehensive picture of our changing planet ever made available to the public.
Some of the visualizations are kind of subtle, and need to be put into context to really hit home (such as the massive increase in irrigated areas in Saudi Arabia, which affects local water supplies, or the urban sprawl of Las Vegas, which also puts increased demands on local resources), but some of them, such as this one documenting the rapidly disappearing rainforest in the Brazilian Amazon, speak for themselves:
Explore a global timelapse of our planet, constructed from Landsat satellite imagery. The Amazon rainforest is shrinking at a rapid rate to provide land for farming and raising cattle. Each frame of the timelapse map is constructed from a year of Landsat satellite data, constituting an annual 1.7-terapixel snapshot of the Earth at 30-meter resolution.
- Google Earth Engine
These interactive time-lapse images can be manipulated by pausing or zooming in to them, as we’ve come to expect from Google Earth, and may serve as a pivot point for those who are on the fence about the effects that our booming population and its increased demand for resources has on our Big Blue Marble.
This algae-powered building in Hamburg is truely green!
The World’s First Algae-Powered Building Opens in Hamburg
The world’s first algae-powered building just opened in Hamburg! Dubbed the BIQ House, the project features a bio-adaptive algae facade and it will serve as a testing bed for sustainable energy production in urban areas and self-sufficient living buildings. International design firm Arup worked with Germany’s SSC Strategic Science Consultants and Austria-based Splitterwerk Architects to develop the BIQ House, which launched as part of Hamburg’s International Building Exhibition.
Only 8 days left until the March to Harrisburg: why are YOU marching?
In only 8 days, Decarcerate PA and our allies are marching over 100 miles to the Capitol in Harrisburg to demand a budget that funds communities, not prison expansion. Every day from now until the march begins, we will be posting a photo of a different marcher and the reasons why they believe this action is necessary.
This march is a huge undertaking, and we need your help!
- Come to the kick-off rally! Join us on May 25th at noon in Love Park, or join us along the route. Or join us for our arrival in Harrisburg on June 3rd (there will be buses coming from Philly to register go to http://action.fightforphilly.org/page/s/rsvp). For more information and a schedule of events, visit http://decarceratePA.info/march
- Help us spread the word! Repost these countdown photos on facebook, twitter, and tumblr. Hand out flyers, forward this information along to other organizations, and encourage your neighbors and communities to get involved.
- DONATE! We need money, food, and supplies to make this march happen. We are also looking for an additional support vehicle to make the trip with us. You can donate money at http://decarceratePA.info/donate. To donate food, support or supplies, get in touch with us at DecarceratePA@gmail.com or call (267) 217-3372.
- If you are marching with us for 1 mile or for 100, let us know why you are marching! Write it down, take a pic, and send your photo to DecarceratePA@gmail.com
Invite your facebook friends: https://www.facebook.com/events/557929134229487/
More info: http://decarceratePA.info/march
Thank you for your support!
I don’t know.
That is my answer to the question “Where were you when they bombed MOVE?” The answer simultaneously breaks my heart and fills me with infinite hope.
On May 13, 1985 I was nearing graduation at my predominantly white, working class high school. Though my parents read the news paper daily and watched the 6pm and 11pm news without fail, I don’t remember hearing anything about the MOVE bombing. Anti-racism was not discussed in our home, and all I learned about structural racism in school was that long ago, slavery had happened. It was bad, but it was over. On May 13, 1985 all odds were against me becoming a MOVE supporter.
But I know exactly where I was on the evening I learned about May 13, 1985. It was early November of 1996 at UVM in Burligton, Vermont. In the mid 90s, after becoming an anarchist, I left Rochester, NY where I had lived all my life to travel, to study Social Ecology and anarchism, and to move to Vermont to experience a different kind of life and community and to be closer to the Institute for Social Ecology and Goddard College.
In November of 1996 I moved into my first Vermont home. A group of friends and I met up on Long Island to transfer a load of my stuff one friend had brought from Rochester into the truck of a friend who lived I New Haven, CT. I spent a few days in Long Island, then a few days in New Haven with my friend Stephanie. Then Stephanie brought my boxes and I to Plainfield, Vermont and my new life. We chose our travel dates carefully in order to see Ramona Africa speak at UVM.
That night changed my life. Living in Rochester, I had seen the effects of racism, but there was still so much I didn’t understand. I remember the shock, the horror, and the sorrow I felt while hearing the story of May 13, 1985. I cried while Ramona spoke, and my stomach hurt.
Her words have traveled with me through the years. She said that MOVE was on the front line of revolutionary change, working to create a better world, a less toxic world, a safer and more just world. She said that not everyone is called to be on the front line, but that the revolution has a place for everyone.
Ramona made me feel inspired. She inspired me to step out of my comfort zone, to learn the truth about history, and to think about what it means to be a white person in the USA, and in the revolution. She made me feel welcome to participate in changing the world in a way that would work for me.
Since that night, my analysis, my studies, and my activism have all been deepened through a knowledge of how the toxic system of white supremacy damages all of us. Though it was years later that I learned about the death, the trauma, and the cruelty of May 13, 1985 I will never forget about the city that bombed its own citizens for daring to speak the truth and change the world.
Hearing Ramona speak I vowed to learn more, to be a better ally, to develop a more powerful praxis. Inspired by her words I began to do political prisoner support work, prison abolition work, and eventually moved to Philadelphia, hoping to move a tiny bit closer to the front lines of change that she spoke of.
I’ve been a MOVE supporter since that evening, and am so grateful for all that MOVE has done to make the world a better place, and to support me in becoming (I hope) a better person. I don’t remember where I was on May 13, 1985, but I remember where I was when I learned what happened then. And most importantly, I remember every day that we need to change the world to one where all life and all truth are valued, and where all children and families are safe. I remember we need to create a world where all children and families are safe- safe from all violence- and a world where the idea of needing to protect children and families from their own government is absurd.
I’ve never asked anyone to reblog anything before, and I probably won’t again. But I am now - because this matters.
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