If you are looking for graphs and data on a variety of sustainability issues you should look at the World Bank’s Sustainable Development Goals – World Development Indicators 2017. The site contains interactive related to 17 development goals. For example, the chart here (downloaded from the site) is the proportion of seats held by women in national parliaments. The U.S. is the bold light blue line. You can also download the data to be analyzed.
The BBC has a great article on a Siberian crater, the Batagaika crater, that is growing quickly due to melting permafrost. Excerpt from the article:
As more permafrost thaws, more and more carbon is exposed to microbes. The microbes consume the carbon, producing methane and carbon dioxide as waste products. These greenhouse gases are then released into the atmosphere, accelerating warming further.
“This is what we call positive feedback,” says Günther. “Warming accelerates warming, and these features may develop in other places. It’s not only a threat to infrastructure. Nobody can stop this development. There’s no engineering solution to stop these craters developing.”
The article provides some great context in understanding the impacts of global warming.
This is not exactly a sustainability example, but it does exhibit the value of some basic regression skills. Drum’s post from yesterday, Fact Check: President Trump Has Nothing To Do With the Decline of the Peso, provides a graph of the Peso Dollar exchange rate for the last couple of years (please read the short post). The graph you see here is made using R and monthly average exchange rate data from FRED or you can download the excel file. Note that the graph here is the number of Pesos to purchase 1 dollar and so the graph increasing is a decline in the Peso.
There are two points here. The change in the peso dollar exchange rate has been reasonably linear for the last couple of years and so there is no evidence that the recent change in the U.S. presidency has had an impact, so far. Second, using examples like this in classrooms empowers students.
If you are looking for general information about the impacts of climate change the EPA is a place to start. Their climate change page has a map that breaks the U.S. in to regions and you can click on the region to answer the question What are the impacts of climate change where I live?
Is the U.S. more violent “these days”? Kevin Drum tracks down crime data in his post Raw Data: Here’s What Violent Crime Really Looks Like Over the Past Decade and the answer is largely no, although a few places are up (yes Chicago is one of them). The post cites sources to this data and it could be used is statistics classes.
This is an interesting Feb 7, 2017 article about the Antarctic ice shelf with a number of excellent graphics.
I’ve finished moving materials from the old site design to this one. There is still a lot of cleaning up and updating to do that will get done in the next couple of weeks.
All the materials that were on Sustainability Math will be back by the end of next week. In the meantime enjoy this short video on a feedback loop.