Images of globalization

Who gets the trash?

http://maps.grida.no/go/graphic/who-gets-the-trash

 

Who gets the trash?. As we continually update and invent new products the life of the old ones is getting shorter and shorter. Like shipbreaking, e-waste recycling involves the major producers and users, shipping the obsolete products to Asia, Eastern Europe, and Africa. But instead of being “green” we are exporting a sack full of problems to people who have to choose between poverty or poison. This graphic illustrates major receivers of e-waste in Asia.

 

Sources: Basel Action Network, Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, Toxics Link India, SCOPE (Pakistan), Greenpeace China, 2002

Who gets the trash?

Urban, dryland, and polar systems

Urban, dryland, and polar systems. Urban systems are built environments with a high human density. For mapping purposes, the MA uses known human settlements with a population of 5,000 or more, with boundaries delineated by observing persistent night-time lights or by inferring areal extent in the cases where such observations are absent.

http://maps.grida.no/go/graphic/urban-dryland-and-polar-systems

 

Urban, dryland, and polar systems

Undersea Cables

Undersea cables (http://news.cnet.com/2300-1033_3-6035611-1.html)

Photo by TeleGeography Research

The vast bulk of international telephone and Internet traffic travels through underwater cables. This map shows the cables that were in use as of the end of 2004 and gives an indication of where traffic is heaviest.

Undersea Cables

Human impact, year 2002 (Miller cylindrical projection)

Human impact, year 2002 (Miller cylindrical projection). The GLOBIO-2 model is based on settlements and modern infrastructure such as roads, powerlines and pipelines. This map presents the current situation, as a baseline for the GEO-3 scenarios. The main wilderness areas in the world are the Arctic, the Amazon, desert areas and the Tibetan plateau. This maps uses an older color scheme that does not differentiate between the three impact classes used in the GLOBIO-2 maps after 2001. http://maps.grida.no/go/graphic/human_impact_year_2002_miller_cylindrica...

Human impact, year 2002 (Miller cylindrical projection)

Commodity flows: Starbucks, McDonald's

Starbucks and McDonald's Map, International Networks Archive (INA), Princeton University (http://www.princeton.edu/~ina/index.html)

This map visualize the commodity flow mediated by Starbucks and McDonald's.

Commodity flows: Starbucks, McDonald's