A Data Visualization Maps 250 Years of Human Expansion Across the Planet

By Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg
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This fascinating visualization, commissioned by the Planet Under Pressure conference, illustrates the age of human influence over the Earth's ecosystems known as the anthropocene. Since the industrial revolution, technological innovation has accelerated, the population has spiked, and the environment has felt the impact of this boom. Owen Gaffney and FĂ©lix Pharand-DeschĂȘnes, who created the video, drew on global data from NASA, NOAA, Greg's Cable Map, NaturalEarthData, and other sources, and used dramatic narration to advance the initiative's environmental message. Watch the video full screen in HD to appreciate its detail. 

For more information about the project, visit anthropocene.info

Thanks to Rebecca Rosen for the video. 

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