This week’s maps present an eclectic assortment of facts about our world, many of which I was introduced to by Map Monday friends (thanks, Peter and Francine). Hopefully there’s something in this collection that piques your interest and maybe gives you pause for thought.
I usually try to stick to maps that include the entire world, but a few of these U.S.-focused ones are particularly interesting, especially to Canadians as winter approaches. I think you’ll see why.
How much snow does it usually take to cancel schools? Boy, this is a controversial one in my neck of the woods. Mind you, now that virtual learning is being forced into existence by the pandemic, there will be options for school closures. Just because school buses can’t roll doesn’t necessarily mean that school can’t proceed remotely. That won’t be popular with lots of kids, who when they see snow falling automatically think – NO SCHOOL!!
Size comparison between Australia and the United States. It turns out that the two countries are very similar when comparing just the contiguous states rather than including Alaska and Hawaii (especially Alaska). And yet, the difference in population is staggering: 25 million Australians versus 327 million Americans in mainland U.S.A. That’s 13 times more people in the States; gives you an idea of how “empty” much of Australia is.
But, of course, huge variations in population densities exist all over the world. For example, these two areas of Africa have roughly equivalent populations.
Passenger railway networks 2020. These maps say a lot about public policy and how challenging it will be for countries that have sparsely distributed regional populations and/or long-term public policies supporting passenger cars over public transit to re-introduce accessible and convenient rail travel as an environmentally-friendly alternative.
And speaking of environmentally friendly policies, do you know which countries in the world are actually carbon negative, in other words remove more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than add to it? There are a few who have made that a goal, but currently there is one who has actually made it. Bravo, Bhutan!!
All the nations that have to be combined to equal Brazil’s homicide rate. I have been to Brazil, and was hugely taken with its beautiful landscapes, fascinating history, vibrancy, and its warm people and multicultural flavour. Brazilians should have so much going for them; I wish this map’s data were not part of their story.
Most common country of birth for foreign-born residents in the U.S., excluding Mexico. This one really surprised me. I wonder why so many Canadians who moved to the U.S. stayed in cold-weather states. They’re clearly not all snowbirds!
Countries mentioned or referred to in the Bible. This one also intrigued me. I’m going to guess that the countries shown in this world map didn’t necessarily have the same names or borders in biblical times as they have now!
Reduction in world hunger. This map shares some good news with respect to the reduction in world hunger across the world in the past 20 years. Very sadly, this reduction is likely to lose ground as a result of the fallout from the global COVID-19 crisis. This is one reason why it is so important for the wealthy countries not to be pulling back on international aid at this time.
And now, for the final map, a look at where your car might have been made. I wonder how many of these manufacturers are starting to switch their productions to electric vehicles. The sooner the better.
I hope you enjoy perusing this map trivia!