Thursday, April 22, 2010

The Breathing Earth


I was looking around for some interesting visualizations when I came across a list of "20 Inspiring Uses of Data Visualization" provided by Singlefunction.com. The number one most inspiring visualization is from BreathingEarth.net, a real-time simulation of the birth and death of life on Earth as well as CO2 usage. I spent five minutes just watching as different portions of the Earth were highlighted in red for a a high usage of Carbon Dioxide, while simultaneously several icons would pop up indicating a new human born or a human passed away. It was quite eerie yet breathtaking to watch all this happen while an ongoing counter on the bottom right constantly updated the new population count for the entire world.


1 comment:

  1. Very interesting visualization, especially looking at real time births and deaths. I was just curious how they keep track of such data in real time because it's simply impossible. Are these just estimations or real information?

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