"Today we are opening up one of the world’s most reliable and comprehensive databases on developing economies. It includes more than 2,000 indicators from countries around the world, including hundreds that go back 50 years."
Wednesday, 21 April 2010
The eruption of the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajokull has brought disruption to the skies over Europe.The maps above show how flights have been restricted to flying around the ash cloud, shown in red. Where the shading is darkest, it indicates the cloud is extending higher into the atmosphere. The flight ban was partially lifted on Tuesday - five days after the eruption. EU transport ministers agreed to allow limited flights within Europe after flight tests showed the density of the volcanic ash in the air was diminishing.
Flightradar24.com shows live aircraft traffic in the airspace above Europe. Click on "About" above to get more info about this page or here to know more about the map and how to contribute!.Also visit our forum to discuss the radar.
Play UK prime minister and set the policy on energy, transport and other sectors and measure the carbon emissions generated.
• The tool shows the UK as it is today
• Move the sliders and aim to reduce emissions by 80%
• You must supply enough electricity to meet demand. Make sure the scales are balanced
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• See how the Liberal Democrats, the Conservatives and Labour would cut emissions
Monday, 12 April 2010
Sunday, 11 April 2010
Of Dubai's absurd dreams, none has failed more spectacularly than The World - 300 man-made islands sculpted from sand;
only 'Geenland' has been built on. And as Adam Luck reports, the $14bn dream has left a trail of death, debt and deception
Wednesday, 7 April 2010
About a year ago the United Nations announced UNdata, a way to disseminate data stretched out across 22 United Nations databases through one central application. While UNdata houses 66 million records, it's tough to get a sense of what's going on without a visual representation.
Progress is an effort to make this world data visible. More than anything though, it was a chance for me to mess around with some data.
Tuesday, 6 April 2010
Biodiversity is the variety of life on earth at all levels. Photographer: Paul A Souders/Corbis
What is biodiversity?Biodiversity is the variety of life on earth at all levels: from genes to species to ecosystems. An apple variety is an example of biodiversity; so is Siberian coastal tundra. Most of the time, though, biodiversity is spoken about in terms of species.
The Great Barrier Reef is threatened by the worst environmental disaster in Australia's history after a ship ran aground. So why are giant coal carriers allowed to use this well-known shipping hazard as a shortcut?
Monday, 5 April 2010
Bristol is the UK's most bike-friendly big city, while London is one of the least hospitable to cyclists, according to a survey.The study by Cycling Plus magazine took the country's 20 biggest cities and towns by population – thus excluding traditional bike centres such as Cambridge and York – and ranked them using a series of factors including cycle commuter numbers, levels of bike theft, the number of traffic-free bike lanes, casualties, pollution and even rainfall.Bristol edged out Nottingham and Leicester, while London was rated 17th, above only Glasgow, Birmingham and bottom-placed Bradford.
The accolade for Bristol comes two years after it was named the country's first "cycling city" by the Department for Transport, giving it access to around £20m in extra funding for bike-related schemes. The city is also the birthplace of Sustrans, the green cycle route charity which began 30 years ago when volunteers converted an old rail line between Bristol and Bath into a dedicated bike route.
Sunday, 4 April 2010
Early on Sunday morning (the 21st of March) eruption started at Fimmvorduhals, an area between Katla volcano and Eyjafjallajokull glacier and a popular hiking trail. Fear remains that the eruption at Fimmvorduhals might trigger a much larger eruption in Katla volcano. If that happens, these webcams will provide a direct view of the events. The webcams offer two different view of the volcanic area. In case of heavy clouds or bad weather the webcams might not provide a clear view.Several tour companies now offer tours to the volcanic area for those interested:
The two new webcams showing Eyjafjallajokull glacier and provide a view of the eruption area were installed by Mila. The Hekla webcam (bottom of page) was installed in partnership between Iceland´s National Radio, Iceland´s Civil Protection Department and Siminn telephone. Volcanic activity is best viewed during dusk (6pm-8pm local time) as night falls and daylight reduces.
Webcam location map