The total mass of humankind is now ten times greater than the total mass of all wild terrestrial mammals - and that's before you account for domesticated animals, which account for twice as much biomass again. The data in this visualization comes from Vaclav Smil's 2011 paper "Harvesting the Biosphere:
Different countries have dramatically different plans to restore their economies in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Leading economists have called for a "green recovery", but only a handful of countries are taking measures which will reduce greenhouse gas emissions while creating jobs. The net effect on the environment will
The world's richest 10% (that's you, most likely) are responsible for almost half of global emissions. The poorest half of the world's population? Just 7%. Here's a new visualization I've put together illustrating this inequality: The data comes from a report called The Carbon Inequality Era, published by the Stockholm
Ekistics is the the science of human settlements, of how we fit into our environments, and how those environments affect us. The term was coined in 1942 by Greek archictect and town planner Constantinos Apostolou Doxiadis, who developed a set of 15 hierarchical levels for talking about places to live.
I've been working on a new series of videos for my nascent pen plotter YouTube channel (Plottervision), drawing and narrating data stories. It's called Dataplotter. In it, I'm doing something I've not seen done much in the plotter community - data visualization using a pen plotter. Drawing dataviz with a
Over on Nightingale, the Journal of the Data Visualization Society, I've written a 3,000 word feature on one of my favourite environmental visuals - the planetary boundary graphic. Here's a excerpt, from a section where the coordinator of the international Planetary Boundaries Research Network critiques the chart. She doesn't