National Geographic

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Mapping happiness

Gallup surveyed Americans about their well-being across various factors. National Geographic gets into some of the geographic breakdowns. While Gallup’s survey doesn’t attempt to explain why individuals feel the way they do, it does expose some commonalities among the lives of Americans. Respondents from the lowest ranked states were more likely to report worse physical and financial health: They were more likely to smoke, be obese, and have little interest...

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Tour of Saturn through Cassini, the satellite that crashes on Friday

About two decades ago, the Cassini satellite headed towards Saturn and has been orbiting the planet for 13 years. The satellite is scheduled to crash into Saturn’s atmosphere on Friday so Nadia Drake and Brian T. Jacobs for National Geographic toured through the satellite’s best finds. This is quite the scroller and feels pretty grand. No matter how many times it happens, it still blows my mind that satellites are...

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National Geographic Infographics, the book

Infographics devolved a bit in recent years, but there was a time the term wasn’t immediately associated with content marketing. (And there is still plenty of good infographic work that actually informs.) National Geographic is one such source of inspiration, and now you can get a best-of collection in book form that spans over a century. With an essay by Nigel Holmes, charting the evolution of National Geographic over the...

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Greater access to clean water

National Geographic, in collaboration with Bestiario, looks at the improving accessibility to clean water around the world. In 1990, as part of the Millennium Development Goals, the UN set a target to halve the proportion of people without access to safe drinking water. The world hit this goal in 2010, and as of 2015, some 90 percent of the world’s people now have access to “improved” water—water from sources such...

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Blueprint for a carbon-free world

Getting to 100 percent renewable energy seems like such a far away goal at this point in time – which is why Mark Jacobson has a plan. Mark Jacobson, a Stanford engineering professor, believes the world can eliminate fossil fuels and rely on 100 percent renewable energy. Following up on his state-by-state road map for the United States, he has now released data on plans for how 139 countries could...

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What the world eats

Diets vary around the world. Fathom Information Design for National Geographic charted the differences between countries using data from FAOSTAT. Small multiples on the right panel provide a wideout view of countries over time, and when you click on one, you get a more detailed view. Toggle between categories and filter by years. I always thought the United States had the highest meat consumption and that it was by a...

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Disappearing Arctic reflected in National Geographic maps

In the most recent update to their atlas coming in September, National Geographic explains the shrinking Arctic through the lens of previous atlas maps. It's not looking good. As the ocean heats up due to global warming, Arctic sea ice has been locked in a downward spiral. Since the late 1970s, the ice has retreated by 12 percent per decade, worsening after 2007, according to NASA. May 2014 represented the...

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Steampunk infographics

Geoff McGhee for National Geographic highlights a handful of projects that form a genre that he calls "Steampunk" infographics. When I was remaking the Statistical Atlas with current data I didn't have steampunk in mind, but I like it. By the way, if you haven't seen McGhee's documentary on visualization and journalism from a few years back, it's worth marking for later. Tags: National Geographic, steampunk, vintage

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A century of National Geographic maps

Celebrating the 100th year of the National Geographic cartographic department, they provide a truncated roundup of the thousands of maps they've made over the past century. I liked this tidbit about the Germany map above: Our maps haven't just chronicled history; they've made it. General Dwight D. Eisenhower carried our map of Germany during his 1945 offensive. When a B-17 carrying Admiral Chester Nimitz got lost in a rainstorm, the...

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