6 Apr

Megacities and Mega Emissions

This past Tuesday, National Geographic released an in depth case study on Dubai’s work to become the most sustainable city in the world. Considering the cities’ culture of excess – an indoor ski slope is just where it starts – many...
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24 Mar

Toilocator

A quintessential aspect of the traveling experience is the search for the nearest public toilet.  In certain countries however, this inherently spatial question of washroom accessibility is one that is particularly challenging.  Take India, for example.  Despite having one of...
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23 Mar

Speaking for the Trees

The loss of forests is an issue that could have potentially far-reaching effects. Forests help absorb greenhouse gases, are crucial to the water cycle, and support 80% of the world’s land plants and animals (National Geographic). The type of destruction which...
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16 Mar

Losing Their Best and Brightest

Which countries are losing their highly educated? Commonly referred to as a “brain drain,” there is a global worry that countries which lose their highly educated also suffer in their development (OECD). This human capital issue can then be potentially...
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9 Mar

Do You Think You Know Your Pies?

How many digits of pi can you name? Alternatively, how many types of pie can you name? This week’s map will help you with the latter, but this link could help out with the former. Both will go a long way...
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8 Mar

Open Energi

In the early 1980s, a Coca-Cola vending machine in Carnegie-Mellon University became one of the first appliances connected to the internet.  Frustrated with long treks to an empty machine or to one recently filled with warm coke bottles, the students...
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2 Mar

Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Sector

In October 2016, new data revealed that global Carbon Dioxide concentration had passed 400 parts per million in the atmosphere for the first time. This number is troubling, and has plagued the minds of environmental scientists, climate activists, and governments alike....
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