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By on 10 September, 2019

Bolsonaro’s Amazon Fires

Maps Mania

Buzzfeed has mapped out all of the wildfires that burned in the Amazon during August of this year. The Amazon has witnessed more than 90,000 fires so far in 2019, according to Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE). Buzzfeed has used data from NASA to show where these fires were burning in the Amazon during each day of August.

Mapping the Slave Trade

Map of the week

Four hundred years ago this month, the first African slaves arrived on the shores of what would become the United States. The Pulitzer Center’s 1619 Project seeks to reframe the history of the United States by using this as a foundational date in the nation’s history.

The Dangers of Hurricane Maps’ Cone of Uncertainty

The Map Room

The cone of uncertainty is a core feature of hurricane maps: it shows the potential routes a hurricane is likely to take (the path grows over time, as we’re less certain where the storm goes next). But it’s misinterpreted in ways that put people at risk.

Marchetti’s Constant: The curious principle that shapes our cities

Big Think

How the half-hour commute and motorised transport changed our cities into huge metropolises.

The Poor & Urban Heat Islands

Maps Mania

In August 2018 NOAA ran a citizen science project in Washington D.C. and in Baltimore to discover which part of those cities were effected by urban heat islands. You can see the results of this study on NOAA’s Detailed maps of urban heat island effects in Washington, DC, and Baltimore.

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