Let’s be perfectly clear: the attacks in Brussels earlier this week were a tragedy, and every bit of sympathy and goodwill the country has received is deserved. At the same time, tragedies like that one — and others far, far worse — continually go under-acknowledged. And the underlying problem is that there’s a terrible pattern as to why that happens.
Most people believe that maps show the “truth” of the physical world. But how much are we really getting wrong?
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The Pyramid-Shaped Yacht That Hovers Above The Ocean
There are few things more likely to turn heads than a luxury yacht, but how to stand out against all the other seafaring behemoths? If this is a problem you currently face, firstly, congratulations, and secondly, take a look at this incredible concept from British designer Jonathan Schwinge. The Tetrahedron Superyacht is lifted above the water thanks to its Hydrofoil Small Waterplane Area Ship propulsion, enabling it to travel far faster than the average craft, all while looking truly spectacular.
Sure, you know that China is home to a billion people — 1.4 billion people, to be exact. And maybe you know that India is just behind with 1.3 billion (and will very soon pass China).
But did you know that Bangladesh — smaller than Illinois, not to mention half of the states in the U.S. — contains 162 million people, more than half of the United States’ 323 million? Or that Indonesia — just a little bigger than Texas — houses 259 million?
The pattern continues throughout southeast Asia, a region about which your average American doesn’t tend to know much. And even if he or she did know these countries’ massive populations and comparatively tiny physical size, they’d have no way to truly relate to that reality. The amount of people per square mile in the U.S.? 85. Bangladesh? 2,497.
Over the last 50 years, while the U.S. population growth rate has gone from stagnating to declining, many parts of the world that are hardly even on the average American’s radar have seen a population boom — as the population density map above reveals. And southeast Asia isn’t even the leader in that department. That’s all Africa, by a long shot.
As last year’s U.N. population projections demonstrated, the world will indeed look drastically different by 2100. But the thing is, it already is drastically different, at least when compared to our already-held understandings about the world. It’s just hard to visualize it.
Enjoy this population density map? Check out this map that reveals population densities across the entire world, and take a look at this animated map that presents world population growth in GIF form. Then, see a photographic representation of just how much things have changed in the world’s most densely populated city.
See the chilling terrorism timeline of the last 15 years as an animated map.
Efforts to combat terrorism were ratcheted up further than ever after the attacks in Paris last month, predictably resulting in actions like renewed airstrikes and reformatted immigration policies. But terrorism isn’t a new problem, and it’s not only a problem for the Western world – it’s been an increasingly large problem for most of the world year after year. A video by Milan Vuckovic, a German freelance graphic designer, shows the global scale of terrorism.