Map Monday: a map’s-eye view of some of the world’s political and environmental changes

The maps we’ll be perusing today are fairly self-explanatory, but there’s lots more detail to back up their story in the links provided in the captions. As usual, you are encouraged to click on any of the maps to zoom in for details. Enjoy!

 

From the Washington Post’s Six maps that will make you rethink the world:

This is a map by the New Scientist, a very respected British journal. They made this forecast of where global food production would be relocated to if the world rises four degrees Celsius above the 1990 baseline, which of course the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change uses. Where today the world’s largest food producers are the United States, Brazil, China, India, Australia and so forth, it could be that 30 years from now or less, the world’s largest food producers are Canada and Russia.

 

As you will find if you follow the link under the accompanying map, 6 of the 10 top most sustainable companies are in Europe.

 

The final four maps are screenshots of an animation that shows the change in world trading patterns from 1980-2018. These snapshots should give you a flavor of the changes. You can view the full animation and narrative at https://www.visualcapitalist.com/china-u-s-worlds-trading-partner/

 

Image credits: Washington Post, newindianexpress.com, visualcapitalist.com

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20 Responses to Map Monday: a map’s-eye view of some of the world’s political and environmental changes

  1. Roy McCarthy says:

    Surprised at the comparatively high percentage of USA spending on public health compared to the scare stories one reads about.

    • Jane Fritz says:

      I know. Great observation. They spend all this money, more than anywhere else, and yet literally millions of people are without access to any healthcare. I think it’s because private healthcare is enormously expensive, driven by profit, and I’m guessing that having all the middlemen of HMOs adds to their costs. At the height of the pandemic, when all non-pandemic health needs were shut down, doctors and even hospitals were going without any revenue because it’s all dependent on everyone paying. However precisely it works, it’s different from what the rest of us are used to. Very expensive and unequal.

  2. jane tims says:

    maps like these nudge or alter my world view. i am always surprised by France, Japan and Australia.

    • Jane Fritz says:

      That’s an interesting observation. Our news coverage becomes our worldview, and that means the US, the UK, the EU as a unit, and a few other biggies. We rarely learn much about other countries except when there’s a disaster, just as they undoubtedly rarely learn much about us. Fortunately, the maps can tell the tales!

  3. I thought the pension one was most interesting, Jane, and I was especially curious how they came to their various conclusions. So I’m grateful you provided the link. They certainly had their work cut out for them since no two countries’ economic systems can necessarily be compared equally. But it was still interesting to see such variance in certain regions. – Marty

    • Jane Fritz says:

      You’re right, Marty, a few of those rather dense maps really benefit from their accompanying article. Pensions and healthcare coverage are two of the more important of being able to live comfortably as we age, like me! My husband suggested that a few of those maps could have had their own Map Monday so he’d have more time to take in their details. Too late!

  4. AMWatson207 says:

    As the Republican Party starts its National Convention today many Americans are wondering how our maps will change in the coming years. History tells me the country already would have splintered had we not fought the Civil war. We are at that point again. No wonder map makers always have something to do.

    • Jane Fritz says:

      Such an important insight, AM. Indeed, mankind (and so far it’s been almost exclusively men) has seen borders, alliances, and powerful empires rise and fall over the millennia. Maps of these historical changes should serve as a reminder of the fragility of our aspirations, usually because of greed and corruption, and sometimes because of climate change. Hmm! Let’s hope the voters get it right, but of course not all voters agree on what’s right. Just ask the Brits!

  5. Fascinating stuff, more than I really want to know, but I probably need to. Astonished by USA health costs.

  6. Lots of changes coming.

  7. LA says:

    Fun as always

  8. Wonderful information, and yes Change is Constant for sure ❤

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