At Adventures in Mapping, John Nelson developed a sobering series of maps that visualize the intensity of the drought gripping much of the US:
This is a map showing over five years of drought data (285 weeks, combined into a single view) in the United States. The dots are proportionally sized by the amount of time over the past five years spent in drought (the largest dots representing 80% – 100% of the time), and the color is a weighted value of the overall intensity of those droughts (deep purple indicates frequent “exceptional” drought, the most severe category).
Lots of other beautiful but disturbing maps in the post.
• Five Years of Drought (via Adventures in Mapping)
A new study reported in Nature (Sci-Hub mirror) tracks down the origins of the mysterious rise in CFC-11, a banned ozone-depleting greenhouse gas whose rise was first reported a year ago, and blames the increase on manufacturing in eastern China.
A new study on polar ice sheet melt warns that global sea levels could rise by almost six feet by the year 2100, an estimate twice as high as previously predicted.
“The Trump administration is ending funding for a network of research centers focused on environmental threats to kids, imperiling several long-running studies of pollutants’ effects on child development,” report @CorbinHiar & @ArielWittenberg for @EENewsUpdates.
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