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3232Which state grew the fastest in 2022?
https://sustainabilitymath.org/2023/01/09/which-state-grew-the-fastest-in-2022/
Mon, 09 Jan 2023 21:45:35 +0000https://sustainabilitymath.org/?p=4306You probably looked at the graph already and know the answer, Florida. The graph is from the Census Bureau article New Florida Estimates Show Nation’s Third-Largest State Reaching Historic Milestone by Marc Perry, Luke Rogers and Kristie Wilder (12/22/2022). This leaves us with more questions than answers, which we’ll get to. First, Florida wins by percent but did Florida add the most population?

]]>What should we know about oil markets?
https://sustainabilitymath.org/2022/12/19/what-should-we-know-about-oil-markets/
Mon, 19 Dec 2022 21:45:37 +0000https://sustainabilitymath.org/?p=4293The World Bank blog post Oil prices remain volatile amid demand pessimism and constrained supply by Peter Nagle and Kaltrina Temaj (12/16/2022) is a overview of the oil market. There are seven graphs but one, U.S. strategic reserves, caught my attention and is copied here. One other fact of interest: Ample quantitative information in the article along with rates for calculus. There aren’t links to...

]]>Which glaciers may be gone by 2050?
https://sustainabilitymath.org/2022/11/07/which-glaciers-may-be-gone-by-2050/
Mon, 07 Nov 2022 21:45:39 +0000https://sustainabilitymath.org/?p=4246The UNESCO press release, UNESCO finds that some iconic World Heritage glaciers will disappear by 2050 by François Wibaux (11/3/2022) provides a list of glaciers likely to be gone by 2050. For example, The graph here is from the full report (link in the press release) which also contains some useful tables of data. A quote speaking calculus in the press release: Why does this all matter...

]]>Is the U.S. the number 1 carbon emitter per person?
https://sustainabilitymath.org/2022/08/01/is-the-u-s-the-number-1-carbon-emitter-per-person/
Mon, 01 Aug 2022 20:45:38 +0000https://sustainabilitymath.org/?p=4126To answer the question Berkeley Earth has an interactive, What is your country’s carbon trend?, where you select a country and you get a table of information and a graph, such as the one copied here. The table of information provides such facts as the U.S. emits 14.2 tonnes per person per year, is the 14th highest, and is 3.2x the world average. On the other hand, the U.S.

]]>How does climate impact Arctic communities?
https://sustainabilitymath.org/2021/10/07/how-does-climate-impact-arctic-communities/
Thu, 07 Oct 2021 20:35:06 +0000https://sustainabilitymath.org/?p=3763The graph here is from the paper Co-production of knowledge reveals loss of Indigenous hunting opportunities in the face of accelerating Arctic climate change in Environmental Research by Donna D W Houser, et. el. (8/24/2021). From the discussion: A new Indigenous-led study documents how ice loss is changing seal hunts by Yereth Rosen (9/6/2021) is non-technical summary of the paper and when an...

]]>How much will tidal flooding increase?
https://sustainabilitymath.org/2021/09/02/how-much-will-tidal-flooding-increase/
Thu, 02 Sep 2021 20:45:01 +0000https://sustainabilitymath.org/?p=3719Sea level rise will increase the likelihood of tidal flooding. NASA has posted a tool, Flooding Days Projection Tool, to help understand how much tidal flooding may increase. There is a drop down menu for numerous locations in the U.S. For example, the graph here is for Kings Point, NY. Along with the value of the data there are calculus terms in the post: And discussions of probabilistic...

]]>What’s new at the EPA?
https://sustainabilitymath.org/2021/05/17/whats-new-at-the-epa/
Mon, 17 May 2021 20:45:11 +0000https://sustainabilitymath.org/?p=3563After about a 4 year hiatus, the EPA’s page Climate Change Indicators in the United Stats has been updated with “Twelve new indicators and several years of data have been added to EPA’s indicator suite.” One new indicator is Permafrost: There are csv files to download the data and background information about the indicators. This is an excellent resource page.

]]>How is the Greenland Ice Sheet Creating Change?
https://sustainabilitymath.org/2020/10/29/how-is-the-greenland-ice-sheet-creating-change/
Thu, 29 Oct 2020 20:45:46 +0000http://sustainabilitymath.org/?p=3321From NASA’s Vital Signs of the Planet feature Greenland’s Retreating Glaciers Could Impact Local Ecology (10/27/2020): Some calculus language in the article: The visualization copied here shows the flow velocity of the glaciers (white – slow, magenta – fastest). The article links to the ITS_LIVE data page with glacier data (mostly GIS). Greenland and Antarctica glacier mass times series data here.

]]>What’s new at sustainabilitymath?
https://sustainabilitymath.org/2020/07/20/whats-new-at-sustainabilitymath-5/
Mon, 20 Jul 2020 20:45:21 +0000http://sustainabilitymath.org/?p=3171There is now a new page that contains animations for concepts related to statistics and calculus. They are not sustainability related, but since I post materials for calculus and statistics and I have been playing with R, I decided to post these. There are 19 topics covered with 36 animations. In particular, if you teach calculus or statistics these animations may be helpful. So...

]]>Where are COVID-19 predictions?
https://sustainabilitymath.org/2020/05/18/where-are-covid-19-predictions/
Mon, 18 May 2020 20:49:44 +0000http://sustainabilitymath.org/?p=2939The COVID-19 Projections web page contains daily updates of predictions for COVID-19. For example, the graphs copied here provide predictions for deaths per day, total deaths, and the reproduction number. Users can select projections for individual states and countries. The pages provide full model details which can be useful for any course that studies SIR models. In brief: The model details page...