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

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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. 

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

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg's work in media spans documentary television, advertising, and print. As a producer in the Viewer Created Content division of Al Gore's Current TV, she acquired and produced short documentaries by independent filmmakers around the world. Post-Current, she worked as a producer and strategist at Urgent Content, developing consumer-created and branded nonfiction campaigns for clients including Cisco, Ford, and GOOD Magazine. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University, where she was co-creator and editor in chief of H BOMB Magazine.

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