Mapping Freedom

February 9, 2013

Unfortunately, the countries cloaked in an oppressive black aren’t surprising. In China, for example, criticism of the Communist Party is considered taboo and therefore most outward expressions of displeasure are censored by the government. So widespread is this censorship that Reporters Without Borders gave China the “sorry distinction of leading the free world in repression of the Internet”.

The Way Europe Was

February 7, 2013

Western Europe In 16000 bc

Before seemingly frozen in debt debacles and recessions, what we recognize today as Europe consisted of little more than ice, snow and emptiness.

An Illuminating Look At Light Pollution

February 6, 2013

Light Pollution United States

Who would have thought that Thomas Edison’s successful light bulb would lead to increased worker fatigue, aid in the disruption and destruction of ecosystems and become a primary source of radiating energy waste? As the map above clearly shows, light pollution is most severe in urban areas–though its effects, damaging to nocturnal wildlife and the earth’s atmosphere, can be felt throughout the world.

Mapping The World’s Life Expectancy

January 27, 2013

Global Life Expectancy Map

While life expectancy in Africa has in fact increased within the past decade thanks to better HIV/AIDS treatment, the continent still has a long way to go. Currently, average life expectancy in Africa is nearly 54 years; in the United States, it’s almost 80.

The World According To The 16th Century

January 25, 2013

A 16th Century World Map

For context’s sake, this is from a 16th century German bible.

A Different World Divided

December 28, 2012

A Different 'World Divided'

Can you imagine if the world’s population were divided evenly over the Earth’s regions? Neither could we before this map did the thinking for us.