GIFs: Indian Drought Now and Flood 10 Years Ago

India is too hot, literally. This, again, comes from NASA Earth Observatory: Monsoon rains began arriving across India in early June 2016. For many Indians, it was not a moment too soon. After three underwhelming monsoon seasons, broad swaths of Read More …

6.13 This Week in Numbers

From Ian Bremmer via LinkedIn: Americans killed in wars since 1776: 1.4 million Americans killed by guns since 1968: 1.5 million Americans after Orlando: 14% think it was mostly a terror act 25% think it was mostly a hate crime Read More …

GIF: Global Temperatures, Dubai Palm Island Building

Month after month, the world’s temperature records have been reset over and over again. And NASA Earth Observatory archive has it all. First one below on the rising temperatures on a global scale over more than a century, decade by Read More …

GIF: Amazon Deforestation & Mountaintop Mining

Another couple of pieces of gem from NASA Earth Observatory’s archive, first about the catastrophic mountaintop mining happening in West Virginia (1984-2015) and the other about deforestation (2000-2012) in the Amazon.   The state of Rondônia in western Brazil — Read More …

GIF: Time Traveling in China by Dheera Venkatraman

Really amazed by this MIT scientist/photographer who has taken this to an artistic level, documenting the dramatic changes over the landscapes of many Chinese cities. There are more on his site here.           Original post on Read More …

5.16 This Week in Numbers

Occupations of persons from the Panama Papers, via this awesome blog: From Ian Bremmer via LinkedIn: A good way to look at widening wealth gap in America Average internet speed, megabytes per second Singapore 98.5 Hong Kong 92.6 S Korea Read More …

GIF: Cities Under Water 2C vs. 4C Temperature Rises

A few months ago, I wrote on ChinaFile.com about the dramatic renditions of climate change impacts on major cities around the world, with large swaths of urban centers flooded by rising waters, between the 2C and 4C temperature rise scenarios. Read More …

5.9 This Week in Numbers

Via McKinsey: From Ian Bremmer via LinkedIn: Most languages spoken 1 Papua New Guinea 839 2 Indonesia 707 3 Nigeria 526 4 India 454 5 US 422 6 China 300 7 Mexico 289 8 Cameroon 281 Firearm homicide rates: how Read More …