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

A video commissioned by the Planet Under Pressure conference promotes a stark environmental message.

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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 Félix Pharand-Deschênes, 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. 

Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.

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