Images of globalization

The map of how bin Laden news spread through the Twittersphere

May 2, 2011, Dean Takahashi
http://venturebeat.com/2011/05/02/the-map-of-how-bin-laden-news-spread-t...

"The map above shows just how fast it all happened in the first 12 hours after the first tweets about the killing of the world’s most-wanted terrorist, starting around 730 pm Pacific time on Sunday. Sysomos said that its social media monitoring tool measured the spread.

Sheldon Levine of Sysomos said that about an hour and fifteen minutes after the word started spreading, and just as President Obama finished his address, there were more than 500,000 tweets, 796 blog posts and 507 published news articles. About 2.5 hours after the news broke, there were 860,177 tweets, 3,079 blog mentions, and 3,235 news stories."

The map of how bin Laden news spread through the Twittersphere

World poverty distribution

http://maps.grida.no/go/graphic/world-poverty-distribution

 

World poverty distribution. Three-quarters of all poor people still live in rural areas. They are heavily reliant on natural resources for their livelihoods: soil, water, forests and fisheries underpin commercial and subsistence activities and often provide a safety net to the poor in times of crises. These natural resources which are abundant in many developing countries - represent an important asset and potential wealth for poor people and their communities. As many of these natural resources are renewable and if properly managed this wealth is long term. Improved natural resource management can support long-term economic growth, from which poor people, in rural areas and elsewhere, can benefit to achieve and sustain social progress and development. The map is a part of a set, presenting different natural resources, with a focus on developing countries, and the use of natural resources for economic growth and poverty alleviation.

World poverty distribution

Country income groups (World Bank classification)

http://maps.grida.no/go/graphic/country-income-groups-world-bank-classif...

 

Country income groups (World Bank classification). There are huge regional differences in the above trends. Globally, poverty rates have fallen from 52% in 1981 to 42% in 1990 and to 26% in 2005. In Sub-Saharan Africa, however, the poverty rate remained constant at around 50%. This region also comprises the majority of countries making the least progress in reducing child malnutrition. The poverty rate in East Asia fell from nearly 80% in 1980 to under 20% by 2005. East Asia, notably China, was successful in more than halving the proportion of underweight children between 1990 and 2006. In contrast, and despite improvements since 1990, almost 50% of the children are underweight in Southern Asia. This region alone accounts for more than half the world’s malnourished children.

Country income groups (World Bank classification)

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)

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

2009 Global Internet Map

"The map‘s global projection traces the intercontinental links between the countries of Europe, Asia, North and Latin America, and Africa. Regional close-ups provide insight into key routes within each region. Nine accompanying figures and tables present valuable data on Internet bandwidth by country, regional and global Internet capacity growth, backbone providers, traffic by application, wholesale pricing, and broadband user growth" (http://www.telegeography.com/products/map_internet/index.php).

2009 Global Internet Map