New Scientist’s Your Warming World uses data from NASA’s surface temperature analysis to illustrate climate change around the globe. Explore where you live to see the pattern and compare it to the overall global analysis. You can also compare the shift in temperature to other time periods of a 20-year duration at the same location. Most importantly, make a point of sharing this map with any climate change denying friends and family. This is a great tool to visualize abstract statistics!
Honey Bee Haven has created an interactive map showing where community members have created flourishing zones for bees to thrive. Bee (and pollinator) populations are taking a blow from current agricultural practices, specifically pesticides. You can take the pledge to create an environment in your own living space to benefit bees, then can upload your haven location to the map. Photos of your location can be uploaded as well!
The site states:
Bees pollinate a significant majority of the world’s food. In North America alone, honey bees pollinate nearly 95 kinds of fruits, including almonds, avocados, cranberries and apples. In fact, we can thank honey bees for one in three bites of food we eat.
Join others in taking part to protecting our pollinators!
Source: Andrew Olsen and Sara Knight, Pesticide Action Network, Beyond Pesticides, 2013
This map created by fallingfruit.org pinpoints your location and displays trees in your area to forage from. You can also add sources to further build the database for others. The site states, “Falling Fruit is a celebration of the overlooked culinary bounty of our city streets… Foraging in the 21st century is an opportunity for urban exploration, to fight the scourge of stained sidewalks, and to reconnect with the botanical origins of food.” Happy picking!
Image Source: http://fallingfruit.org/
Sources: Falling Fruit, 2013;