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TUESDAY, OCT. 21, 2014

How are we prepping for climate change?

Check out this 50-state tracking tool developed by the Georgetown Climate Center charts state-by-state progress in climate adaptation plans, and shows which ones have hit their goals. California leads the pack, while Maryland and New York don't lag too far behind. From Georgetown: Below is...

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Super Mario transit maps

Artist Dave Delisle has combined two of my favorite subjects to geek-out on: Transit and old school video games. Yes, someone has finally drawn public transit systems as Super Mario and Mario Kart maps. Would you ever miss a train if you could get a...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 18, 2014

If All The Ice Melted

National Geographic has quite the disturbing interactive map that shows what 216 feet of sea level rise will do to coastlines around the world: The maps here show the world as it is now, with only one difference: All the ice on land has melted...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 12, 2014

TUESDAY, FEB. 4, 2014

How does your city smell?

Kate McLean makes “Sensory maps” of cities, going as far as to develop a map showing what cities smell like. She told FastCoExist: “Smells have stories and connect with us at an emotional level, bringing back memories of locations, events, and people," she says. “Smell...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 6, 2013

Climate change gets interactive - and scarier

The Climate Hot Map, from the Union of Concerned Scientists, is a google map displaying climate trouble spots worldwide. Creators say, "The greatest concentration of global warming indicators on the map is in North America and Europe because that is where most scientific investigation has...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2013

Time-lapse video of human impact

This feature is one of the more impressive combinations of cool and scary I've seen in quite some time. These time-lapse satellite photos from the Atlantic Monthly let you create an animated look at the impacts of human activity from 1984 to 2012 on any...

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MONDAY, DEC. 10, 2012

THURSDAY, OCT. 4, 2012

Where we rank on smart growth

Pushing east on I-90 from the city, as Spokane Valley, Liberty Lake, Post Falls, and Coeur d'Alene form one contiguous metropolitan area, it would appear smart growth is a regional challenge. Too often, development requires residents to drive long distances between jobs and homes and...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 20, 2011

Cool new map of the Spokane River

Check out this new map from a volunteer at the Center For Justice. I especially enjoy that it includes borders for the Urban Growth Area. Click here for a larger version. This map is featured on the Spokane River page for the Center For Justice,...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 13, 2011

Extreme weather events and climate change

This is a great feature from the National Resources Defense Council. It's an interactive map showing all the record weather events from the last year. According to the NRDC, "in 2011, there were at least 2,941 monthly weather records broken by extreme events that struck...

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United States of the Environment 

After the United States Of Awesome and the United States Of Shame maps, now we have the latest iteration: The United State of the Environment. Where do we lead? Washington has the most organic apples. Our close neighbor Idaho has the smallest per capita carbon...

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