Posts tagged global issues

newsweek:

At least 10 feet of sea level rise is now guaranteed worldwide; it’s all but inevitable, a done deal. An ice sheet two miles thick has collapsed in West Antarctica—glaciologists have been dreading this moment for decades, though in recent years, it was more of a question of when than if—and there is nothing that can stop it from melting now. 

NASA scientists say so, glaciologists say so, researchers who’ve spent their entire careers studying the slow and increasingly inevitable melt of our planet’s permanent ice stores say so. They say so in two new studies debuting this week; one in Science and one in Geophysical Research Letters. 

They are all saying we should begin getting comfortable with sea levels that lap up 10 feet higher on our shores. Long before the collapse of West Antarctica’s Thwaites ice sheet, an organization called Climate Central created this interactive map, which shows how various levels of sea level rise will impact the United States. 

Grimly and fortuitously, it goes up to 10 feet—the amount that is now locked-in, but by no means the minimum of sea level rise we can expect to experience thanks to climate change. Go ahead, plug your city in, and see what percent chance you have of being driven away by high waters. 

10 Feet of Global Sea Level Rise Is Now Guaranteed | Motherboard

newsweek:

At least 10 feet of sea level rise is now guaranteed worldwide; it’s all but inevitable, a done deal. An ice sheet two miles thick has collapsed in West Antarctica—glaciologists have been dreading this moment for decades, though in recent years, it was more of a question of when than if—and there is nothing that can stop it from melting now.

NASA scientists say so, glaciologists say so, researchers who’ve spent their entire careers studying the slow and increasingly inevitable melt of our planet’s permanent ice stores say so. They say so in two new studies debuting this week; one in Science and one in Geophysical Research Letters.

They are all saying we should begin getting comfortable with sea levels that lap up 10 feet higher on our shores. Long before the collapse of West Antarctica’s Thwaites ice sheet, an organization called Climate Central created this interactive map, which shows how various levels of sea level rise will impact the United States.

Grimly and fortuitously, it goes up to 10 feet—the amount that is now locked-in, but by no means the minimum of sea level rise we can expect to experience thanks to climate change. Go ahead, plug your city in, and see what percent chance you have of being driven away by high waters.

10 Feet of Global Sea Level Rise Is Now Guaranteed | Motherboard

adam-wola:

The UN World Food Program maps out [PDF] the parts of the Andes most likely to suffer negative consequences of global climate change.

adam-wola:

The UN World Food Program maps out [PDF] the parts of the Andes most likely to suffer negative consequences of global climate change.

The less Americans know about Ukraine’s location, the more they want U.S. to intervene | Washington Post
This is precisely why basic geographic knowledge is so critical for a democratic public.

The less Americans know about Ukraine’s location, the more they want U.S. to intervene | Washington Post

This is precisely why basic geographic knowledge is so critical for a democratic public.

npr:

Source: CGIAR
"Farmers Need To Get ‘Climate Smart’ To Prep For What’s Ahead"

From csmonitor:

Are the rich really getting richer and the poor getting poorer? 10 income inequality myths debunked. 

Research: Allison Terry, Graphics: Jake Turcotte/The Christian Science Monitor

From theatlantic:

Report: Global Freedom Has Been Declining for Nearly a Decade

In 2013, for the eighth year in a row, more countries registered declines in political rights and civil liberties than gains. Even as the number of electoral democracies in the world increased, nations like the Central African Republic, Mali, and Ukraine suffered devastating democratic setbacks. Thirty-five percent of the world’s population, living in 25 percent of the polities on the planet, found themselves in countries that aren’t free. As we enter a year in which more people will vote in elections than ever before, democracy appears to be in a holding pattern around the world—if not outright retreat.
Read more. [Image: Reuters/Marko Djurica]


Is the “third wave” of democracy over? That’s a question that pops up from time to time.

From theatlantic:

Report: Global Freedom Has Been Declining for Nearly a Decade

In 2013, for the eighth year in a row, more countries registered declines in political rights and civil liberties than gains. Even as the number of electoral democracies in the world increased, nations like the Central African Republic, Mali, and Ukraine suffered devastating democratic setbacks. Thirty-five percent of the world’s population, living in 25 percent of the polities on the planet, found themselves in countries that aren’t free. As we enter a year in which more people will vote in elections than ever before, democracy appears to be in a holding pattern around the world—if not outright retreat.

Read more. [Image: Reuters/Marko Djurica]

Is the “third wave” of democracy over? That’s a question that pops up from time to time.

A Real-Time Map of Births and Deaths

statedept:

Today is World Population Day. 
Did you know that about 16 million girls under age 18 give birth each year and another 3.2 million undergo unsafe abortions?
This year the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is raising awareness of the issue of adolescent pregnancy in the hopes of delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe, and every young person’s potential is fulfilled.
Via united-nations

statedept:

Today is World Population Day. 

Did you know that about 16 million girls under age 18 give birth each year and another 3.2 million undergo unsafe abortions?

This year the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is raising awareness of the issue of adolescent pregnancy in the hopes of delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe, and every young person’s potential is fulfilled.

Via united-nations

Calculating the World’s Population

From worldbank:

How do demographers figure out how many people live on Earth? Can they accurately calculate the number of people that have ever lived? You asked our data help desk these questions, and our open data whiz drew the answers in this video.

Do you have more questions about how data is calculated? Ask them at data help desk or on Twitter with hashtag #dataquestion

I’ve been happy ever since the World Bank has made its database freely available online. It’s been a great resource for my own work—but especially so for my students.