Sunset in Lewiston, Idaho, September 11, 2011. My sister Sally took this photograph shortly before leaving town. She was there to close up our father’s house, which has now been sold. Here is Sally’s message to me:
dad always liked to watch the sun going down into the notch, which would be around his birthday. its a little south of the notch.
That day the beauty of the sunset was intensified by the smoke of forest and grass fires.
Check out gapminder.org, a wonderful statistics visualization site. For example, there is this: CO2 emissions since 1820
CO2 emissions in 2000 by country
If you go to the link above, you can animate this image, seeing how the per country CO2 changes over the period 1820-2000. The area of the circle is proportional to the country’s annual CO2 emission per capita. Mouse over circle to see name of country. Gapminder.org has a wealth of great databases and visualizations thereof.
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