An era of human-affected Earth

Posted to Maps  |  Tags: ,  |  Nathan Yau

Welcome to Anthropocene:

Scientific concepts like the Anthropocene, planetary boundaries and planetary stewardship have heralded a profound shift in perception of our place in the world: a growing evidence base of scientific observations show we have become the prime driver of global environmental change. These new concepts are powerful communication tools as we move towards global sustainability.

There’s also a non-narrated version, but I like the narration. It helps you better appreciate what you’re seeing. Oh yeah, and ooohh, purdy.

[via infosthetics]


  • Too bad with that: too many have too much, is not education… 9 billion… oh sh*t

  • It will all be over in 2-3 generations time. See the Fermi paradox – It is the nature of intelligent life to destroy itself and others – Just get over it and enjoy your life.


Marrying Age

People get married at various ages, but there are definite trends that vary across demographic groups. What do these trends look like?

How You Will Die

So far we’ve seen when you will die and how other people tend to die. Now let’s put the two together to see how and when you will die, given your sex, race, and age.

Reviving the Statistical Atlas of the United States with New Data

Due to budget cuts, there is no plan for an updated atlas. So I recreated the original 1870 Atlas using today’s publicly available data.

Think Like a Statistician – Without the Math

I call myself a statistician, because, well, I’m a statistics graduate student. However, the most important things I’ve learned are less formal, but have proven extremely useful when working/playing with data.