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Global air pollution map

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A sad record : Belgium (together with parts of France, Germany and Holland) is one of the three most polluted areas of the world. The two other smog areas are the most eastern parts of Nothern America and China.

Chernobyl...18 Years Later

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A young Ukrainian woman has posted a photo journal of her motorcycle rides through Chernobyl and the area surrounding it. Included are pictures of the now-emptied city, maps of current radiation levels, and a discussion of how the area has changed. While the english is quite broken, it's often a rather surreal story.

History of Earth

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The earth is over 5 billion years old. Life first originated in the oceans 3.4 billion years ago. The dinosaurs died out 65 million years in the past. Human recorded history stretches back 10,000 years in time.

These numbers are too large to visualize, and difficult to compare. That's why a timeline is interesting : an image sometimes says more than one thousand words. Hotu.org (HistoryOfTheUniverse.org) offers a nice timeline of the last 15 billion years of Earth. More impact on the climate of the last aeons can be found Climate Timeline Tool. Some others exagerate a bit in the visualisation of this timeline : the history on a toilet roll.

Interested in the future ? Faction Earth gives a probable future of the next 150 years : accelarated population growth and the formation of city clusters aka city plexes. Corporate and biological warfare with the origin of mutant humans and extinct life on Mars. Luckily, this possible future is all part of a computer game.

Hail storm

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I never seen this happen to a plane : an Easyjet Boeing 737 had to return to Geneva after 10 minutes in a hail storm. The plane was severly damaged, but incredibly enough, the pilot managed to land the wrecked plane.

The California Coastline Project

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The California Coastline Project is 12,000 photos into documenting the entire coast of the state with two people, a camera, and a helicopter. Public response has varied from the interested to the psychotic, and Barbra Streisand is suing.

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