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A dynamic map that shows real-time births, deaths, and CO2 emissions by country.

http://www.breathingearth.net/

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Interesting, but I am not sure what the message is... I also wonder why it shows CO2 emitted as pulses, and the emitting countries change color.
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I also wonder why it shows CO2 emitted as pulses, and the emitting countries change color.



Phenology (seasonal), Diurnal cycles, daily variations due to weather. The C cycle is controlled by so many factors none of which are stable in time or space at any scale. So it makes absolute sense.

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At any scale? Even the 5-10 second scale? I don't get it either. This is a real time map, so it's not going through days or seasons, its going through seconds. At least, that is what it's doing with birth/death, and there's no indication on the map that the C cycle is on a different scale.

Phenology (seasonal), Diurnal cycles, daily variations due to weather. The C cycle is controlled by so many factors none of which are stable in time or space at any scale. So it makes absolute sense.



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As far as I can tell a country turns red every 1000 tonnes of CO2 emmision, which is their chosen unit like 1 birth, or 1 death. So the US turns red every 5.4 seconds, while Chad only does so every 66 hours. Once a country has flashed red once it stays the lighter color, I guess so you can tell which countires are the fastest emitters.

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That's pretty intriguing - although I would like to see the continutation of the C cycle and show areas (flashing green) that have absorbed CO2 and emitted O2 (while simultaneously showing the destruction of vegetation/rainforests, etc.).

I don't think this is to be used as an analytic tool - but rather to ponder and reflect on the nature of life, death and our carbon utilization (and its spatial variation) across this little planet we all live on.

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