Animated map of EV charging stations shows huge dead zones around the country

Read the full story at Fast Company.

Electric vehicles are clearly the future, but their mass adoption is somewhat hindered by infrastructure rollout—namely, the charging stations that drivers need to keep them powered, especially on long cross-country trips.

But data compiled from geographic information systems firm Esri shows that some areas of the United States are doing better than others when it comes to charging stations. Using data from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuels Data Center, Esri has made an interactive map that shows the charging stations along major U.S. interstate routes that are over 1,000 miles long.

Electricity Map

Electricity Map’s open-source visualization shows the the climate impact of global electricity use in real time. Raw data are retrieved from a variety of public data sources, typically transmission system operators, balancing entities or market operators, which are listed here.

Lessons from the COVID data wizards

Read the full story in Nature.

Data dashboards have been an important part of pandemic response and planning. What have their developers learnt about communicating science in a crisis?

Is climate change impacting the safety of chemical facilities?

Read the full story from the Government Accountability Office.

Across the nation, the federal government regulates approximately 11,000 facilities that make, use, or store extremely hazardous chemicals in amounts that could harm the public if accidentally released. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires these facilities to develop a risk management plan to prevent or minimize the consequences of an accidental release.

Climate change may increase the frequency and intensity of certain natural hazards, putting these facilities at greater risk of damage and releasing chemicals into surrounding communities. According to federal data, approximately 31% of the facilities we analyzed (3,219 of 10,420) are located in areas impacted by some natural hazards, such as wildfires and flooding.

Want to find out if any of these facilities are close to where you live or work? Check out our interactive map for details on these facilities and whether they are in areas with known natural hazards, such as flood zones.

Hundreds of US geographic sites to be renamed to eliminate offensive words

Read the full story in The Guardian.

A task force will prioritize a list of replacement names and present them to the federal Board on Geographic Names later this year.

Costs and Approaches for Mapping the Great Lakes

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In 2020, GLOS commissioned three experienced surveying organizations to estimate the total cost of mapping the Great Lakes at high-density.

Though different in their approaches and estimates, all reports agree that mapping the Great Lakes at high-density is within grasp, given the proper funding. With continued innovation and a collaborative approach, a continuous, open, and highly detailed map is achievable.

How to rename a place

Read the full story at Route Fifty.

A little-known federal body gives official approval to what appears on maps. Now it is caught in the middle of the country’s upheaval over racism and language.

Visually stunning tree of all known life unveiled online

Read the full story from Imperial College London.

OneZoom is a one-stop site for exploring all life on Earth, its evolutionary history, and how much of it is threatened with extinction.

The OneZoom explorer—available at—maps the connections between 2.2 million living species, the closest thing yet to a single view of all species known to science. The interactive tree of life allows users to zoom in to any species and explore its relationships with others, in a seamless visualisation on a single web page. The explorer also includes images of over 85,000 species, plus, where known, their vulnerability to extinction.

Connecting Communities

This map from PFAS Exchange shows sites across the U.S. with known or suspected PFAS contamination and where communities are advocating stronger health and environmental protections.

NASA, USGS release first Landsat 9 images

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Landsat 9, a joint mission between NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) that launched Sept. 27, 2021, has collected its first light images of Earth.

The images, all acquired Oct. 31, are available online. They provide a preview of how the mission will help people manage vital natural resources and understand the impacts of climate change, adding to Landsat’s unparalleled data record that spans nearly 50 years of space-based Earth observation.