Climate Disasters Drain US Emergency Fund, Adding to Government Shutdown Risk

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By Rachael Dottle and Leslie Kaufman Green + Politics
29 de setembro de 2023

Devastating fires in Maui and the fierce winds and rain of Hurricane Idalia are just two of the record 23 billion-dollar weather disasters the US has experienced so far this year, leaving little left in the primary government relief fund. Diminished resources combined with a potential shutdown of the federal government could hamper the response to any new disasters later this year.

Due in part to a warming climate, major disasters are increasing in frequency and cost, and federal spending on recovery has grown in step. The principal source of direct federal aid is the Disaster Relief Fund. This major source of individual and public aid managed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency is expected to be exhausted by the end of the fiscal year in September.

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How Much Time We Spend Alone and With Others

uma simulação do tempo q passamos com outros durante o dia ilustrada com gráficos de pontos em movimento e gráficos de barras acumuladas.

By Nathan Yau

Oftentimes what we’re doing isn’t so important as who we’re spending our time with. The chart below, based on data from the American Time Use Survey, shows a simulated day for 100 people.


A simulation of a weekday. Each dot represents a person.

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One million of us

Uma história das mortes por COVID nos estados unidos ilustrada com gráficos unitários e de linhas acumuladas.

By Sergio Peçanha and Yan Wu Updated May 18 at 3:00 p.m.Originally published May 12, 2022651

The pandemic’s death toll in the United States has surpassed 1 million people. Conveying the meaning or the magnitude of this number is impossible. But 1 million deaths is the benchmark of an unprecedented American tragedy.

Consider this comparison: The population of D.C. is about 670,000 people. Try to imagine life without every person, in every building, on every street, in the nation’s capital. And then imagine another 330,000 people are gone.

To attempt to put the 1 million deaths in context, we plotted its damage over more than two years and compared the continuing death toll with the tolls from previous catastrophes in our history.

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Linking the devastating 2021 fires and floods in British Columbia

A Sparkgeo Story Map by Gordon Logie

2021 was a very damaging year for the Canadian province of British Columbia (BC), with the weather exacting a heavy toll. A record-breaking heat wave led into a severe wildfire season. Following these, an extreme winter rainfall event led to catastrophic flood damage which cascaded through the Canadian economy, disrupting major arteries for travel and trade.

Here at Sparkgeo, we are interested in the role that geospatial technology can play to help commercial organizations, municipalities, and the general public adapt to the challenges of a changing climate.

We believe that geospatial technologies can help not only to assess the damage from climate disasters, but also help reveal the underlying geographical factors which contribute to where and why damage occurs. This type of analysis may enable models to predict a particular location’s exposure to climate-related risk factors.

To explore this further, we present a research project examining linkages between the wildfires and subsequent flood damage in 2021

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The vehicles of James Bond

Boas visualizações neste infograma sobre os veículos usados nos 25 filmes do James Bond

The name is Bond, James Bond.

2022 marks the 60th anniversary of the first James Bond movie, Dr. No. This movie became a seminal moment in cinema, and established many of the tropes which would become iconic throughout the franchise: the thrilling theme music, the gun barrel sequence, ending the movie in the arms of a beautiful Bond girl… often somewhere out at sea, on a boat.

But between Dr. No and No Time To Die, Bond has used a lot more vehicles than just boats. Let’s explore the cars, airplanes, tanks and space shuttles throughout all 25 official Bond movies!

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How the World’s Richest People Are Driving Global Warming

Um bom relatório com vários gráficos pouco comuns

By Eric RostonLeslie Kaufman and Hayley Warren24 de março de 2022

It’s the bedrock idea underpinning global climate politics: Countries that got rich by spewing greenhouse gasses have a responsibility to cut emissions faster than those that didn’t while putting up money to help poor nations adapt.

This framework made sense at the dawn of climate diplomacy. Back in 1990, almost two-thirds of all disparities in emissions could be explained by national rankings of pollution. But after more than three decades of rising income inequality worldwide, what if gaps between nation states are no longer the best way to understand the problem?

There’s growing evidence that the inequality between rich and poor people’s emissions within countries now overwhelms the country-to-country disparities. In other words: High emitters have more in common across international boundaries, no matter where they call home.

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How Russia will feel the sting of sanctions

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By Andrew Van DamYoujin Shin and Alyssa Fowers March 18, 2022 at 9:37 a.m. EDT

The United States, Europe and their allies rely on Russia for some oil and gas, and a few specialized materials. But they also supply Russia with much of its machinery, vehicles, technology and equipment that help Russia’s economy run.

That’s why sanctions can be so effective.

Without global trade, Russian factories would sit idle, businesses would shutter and shelves would sit bare. Even blocking some of those goods from countries that have already imposed sanctions or restrictions could dismember whole sectors in Russia. Some Russian companies that rely on imported components are already reeling — production lines at the automaker Lada reportedly went idle earlier this month.

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The World Chess Championship In 5 Charts

Uma descrição de um campeonato de xadrez com gráficos de diferença, histogramas, mapas de calor e gráficos de radar.

How Magnus Carlsen cemented his GOAT status over 11 games.

By Simran Parwani and Oliver Roeder

Published Dec. 14, 2021

This article is part of our 2021 World Chess Championship series.

The 2021 World Chess Championship ended last week with Magnus Carlen of Norway, the world No. 1, defending his title against challenger Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia. It was Carlsen’s fifth victory in the world championship, a title he has held since 2013, and the match went a long way toward cementing his status as the greatest chess player of all time.

The contest featured some of the best chess ever played by humans, nearly flawless even when examined by modern, superhuman machines. It also featured a few inexplicable blunders, and just three bad moves saw Nepomniachtchi’s chances slip quickly and irretrievably away. The match also generated a lot of data! We’ve charted some of it below.

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Cold, heat, fires, hurricanes andtornadoes: The year in weather disasters

Uma boa (e longa) história contada com mapas dinâmicos e muitas fotos

By Zach Levitt and Bonnie Berkowitz Updated Dec. 17 at 12:30 p.m.Originally published Dec. 15, 2021

Vicious wind and tornadoes put a deadly exclamation point on the end of an extraordinary year for extreme weather in the United States.

Earlier in 2021, Texas froze and Seattle roasted. Parts of California flooded, burned, then flooded again. A hurricane that slammed Louisiana was so waterlogged that its remnants inundated New York City. A blizzard hit Hawaii.

The weather was wilder than usual this year, and the reasons vary, climate experts say.

Crazy cold snap? Giant hail? December tornadoes? Those happen now and then on a planet with natural variations in weather patterns.

But evidence increasingly shows that historic heat waves, monster rain events and ultra-intense storms are exacerbated by the warmer air and water of our overheating planet.

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The Most Frequently Used Emoji of 2021

Um relatório sobre a utilização de emojis com gráficos de pontos e high-low.

By Jennifer Daniel, Unicode Emoji Subcommittee Chair

The size of each emoji illustrates its relative popularity. Can you guess this year’s number one ranked emoji? 😉

92% of the world’s online population use emoji — but which emoji are we using? Well, it appears that reports of Tears of Joy’s death are greatly exaggerated 😂. According to data collected by the Unicode Consortium, the not-for-profit organization responsible for digitizing the world’s languages, Tears of Joy accounts for over 5% of all emoji use (the only other character that comes close is ❤️ and there is a steeeeeep cliff after that). The top ten emoji used worldwide are 😂 ❤️ 🤣 👍 😭 🙏 😘 🥰 😍 😊.

This collection of mostly positive vibes may seem familiar — it is not terribly different from the last time this data was published in 2019. As infinitely creative and diverse as the world is, the top 100 emoji comprise ~82% of total emoji shares. And yet …. There are 3,663 emoji. So, why does the Unicode Emoji Subcommittee keep reviewing proposals and adding new ones? 😵‍💫

This existential question haunts the subcommittee 👻. So, they set out to understand popularity on a more granular level: What are the most frequently used emoji? What do they have in common? Do we have too much of one type but not enough of another? How do we interpret the 83-spot leap (from 97 to 14!) in the use of Pleading Face 🥺? Check out the changes using the interactive tools of the #UnicodeEmojiMirror Project and share your observations!

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