Colombia has the highest number of internally displaced people, followed by Syria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which experienced huge increases in 2012 because of civil war and violence.
In the bluer countries, fewer people said they would not want neighbors of a different race; in red countries, more people did. Among the dozens of questions that World Values asks, the Swedish economists found one that, they believe, could be a pretty good indicator of tolerance for other races. The survey asked respondents in more than 80 different countries to identify kinds of people they would not want as neighbors. Some respondents, picking from a list, chose “people of a different race.” The more frequently that people in a given country say they don’t want neighbors from other races, the economists reasoned, the less racially tolerant you could call that society. (The study concluded that economic freedom had no correlation with racial tolerance, but it does appear to correlate with tolerance toward homosexuals.
If we treat this data as indicative of racial tolerance, then we might conclude that people in the bluer countries are the least likely to express racist attitudes, while the people in red countries are the most likely.
Earth Platinum, the largest atlas ever printed, was released in February 2012 by Millennium House, Australia. Only 31 copies of the 330 pound, leather-bound book exist and each are priced at $100,000. The book measures 6ft by 9ft and has been recognized by Chris Sheedy of the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest atlas in existence. The book contains 128 pages and requires at least two hands, or in some case multiple people, to turn the pages.
The world’s current largest atlas contains 61 pages of maps, with each map measuring 54 square feet, as well as 27 images of famous locations formed through the Gigapan process. When presented with the final copy of Earth Platinum, many of its creators marveled that the size of each map allowed viewers to truly gage the scope of each location.
Earth Platinum has surpassed the previous holder of the world record for largest atlas, the famous Klencke Atlas (which measures about 5′ 9″ by 6′ 3″ when opened). The Klencke Atlas is housed in the Antiquarian Mapping Division of the British Library in London and held the title for largest atlas worldwide from 1660 until the publication of Earth Platinum. Published as a one-off over 350 years ago, the Klencke Atlas is reported to contain all geographical knowledge of that time, just as Earth Platinum does today.
Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI) maps provide a concise summary of coastal resources that are at risk if an oil spill occurs nearby. Examples of at-risk resources include biological resources (such as birds and shellfish beds), sensitive shorelines (such as marshes and tidal flats), and human-use resources (such as public beaches and parks).
When an oil spill occurs, ESI maps can help responders meet one of the main response objectives: reducing the environmental consequences of the spill and the cleanup efforts. Additionally, ESI maps can be used by planners—before a spill happens—to identify vulnerable locations, establish protection priorities, and identify cleanup strategies.
This is one interesting map! A German website reshuffles the countries of the world based on their population ranking and their area ranking. So basically, the biggest land mass goes to the country with the largest population and the smallest landmass goes to one with the fewest people.
So China takes the place of Russia and India moves to Canada. USA and Brazil retains their own land while Pakistan moves to Australia and Indonesia moves to China and Nigeria takes over India.
This could be a great idea to solve a lot of issues in this world…
The world’s billionaires increasingly hail from nearly all corners of the globe. The world’s billionaires list by Forbes pins down the wealthiest people from 64 countries across the globe. The US has led the way since Forbes started wealth tracking 27 years ago. Americans represented 31% of the list entrants in 1987 and today that figure is the same. They are worth a combined $1.87 trillion, representing just over one-third of total billionaire wealth in 2013.
At the second tier, there has been much more movement. Japan is home to 1.5% of the world’s 1,426 billionaires. China, which a decade ago had no billionaires, has jumped into second place with 122, or 8.6%. Russia is third with 110, or 7.7%. There has been change among the regions too. For years, Europe had the most billionaires after the US but Asia-Pacific jumped ahead and is now pulling away. Today it is home to 386, up from just 61 a decade ago.
Google Maps can now read KML or KMZ, the file formats Google Earth uses for the exchange of geographic information. This means that you can view data you create and share with Google Earth on Google Maps. You can use this feature to plot multiple points of interest, draw lines, and mark regions on Maps. Just paste the URL that hosts your KML file into the Maps search box and click Search. In order to share this map with others, click the link icon () on the left-hand side of the page. Take a look at this example.
Google Maps currently supports KML files with points, lines, polygons, styles, icons, and network links (without view-based refresh). We also support ground overlays, screen overlays, folders, and visibility. You can find more information about creating your own KML file at this Google Earth page.
Keep in mind that your KML file must be hosted on a website to view it in Google Maps. If you’d like to check out some of the KML files already on the web, you may want to start at the discussion forum for Google Earth, the Google Earth BBS.
For more detailed information on how to add a Google Map to your site, visit http://maps.google.com/help/maps/getmaps
The scientists working with NASA have proven time and time again that they have a very healthy sense of humor, and the latest picture they decided to make available to the general public further confirms this status quo.
To cut a long story short: those who are still unsure whether or not the world came to an end yesterday can now bid their worries “farewell,” as the picture above, taken by NASA on December 22, 2012, proves that the Earth is still “completely intact.”
“Isn’t this a great sight? Our lovely planet, completely intact, taken as a new day began: Dec. 22, 2012. Courtesy of NOAA’s GOES 15 satellite over the Pacific Ocean,” reads the message accompanying this picture.
Hopefully, those hiding in the underground or in their bunkers will now agree to once again step out into the light and go about their daily routine.
The real thing happening on December 21 is the December or Winter Solstice.
Two high definition cameras fixed to the International Space Station will soon offer real time pictures from space to everyone.
The basic service on offer will be free – with users able to log into the site and see live or archived images and video of anywhere on Earth. With the ISS orbiting the planet around 15 times a day, sooner or later it’ll be above something you want to look at.
“You can enter in your address and find out when it was above there last,” says Larson. “And at the same time, because we know where the space station is, you can enter in your address and find out when it’s going to be above you next. And so you can go outside, you can hold your event, your wedding, your sports day around when it’s going to be imaged from space.” There’s also the potential for broadcasters or websites to buy time on the moveable camera to track live news, sports games or events.