Pennsylvania Oil & Gas Complaint Map, 2017

2 Feb

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The Public Herald produced an enlightening piece about how the number of complaints has skyrocketed since the Pennsylvania fracking boom, and how the DEP bungles looking into these complaints and doesn’t take them seriously.

The article is worth reading, to get a sense of how the state dismisses seemingly legitimate citizen concern in order to protect their corporate overlords.

This video sums up the article if you feel it’s TLDR.

Here’s a map of the complaints in Pennsylvania for context.

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Highland Reservoir 1 Service Area

1 Feb

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So, PWSA messed up again, this time by letting the chlorine levels in the Highland Park Reservoir to get too low, increasing the chances of bacterial contamination. If you live in the blue zone, don’t drink your water unless you have a filter that filters out bacteria, or boil your water for at least a minute. There is also an alert for ice that you may have made today, or brushing your teeth or washing your dishes.

Check out

On a related note, whoever is responding to questions on their Twitter account is on fire.

Hipster Hotspots

31 Jan

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This is probably the dumbest map I’ve ever posted.

Trulia came out with some stupid metric to quantify the hipster quotient of an area. They used dumb criteria like: dog walkers, overpriced retail stores, overpriced barbershops, consignment stores, healthy places, dive bars, and brunch and food trucks. The only good about this map is that there appears to be a penis in Monroeville.

Sorry.

Who gave money to Bernie Sanders?

31 Jan

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While the election is long over, it’s seems appropriate that, after two weeks of the Trump administration, to revisit our old pal Bernie Sanders, because he could have won.

This is a Los Angeles Times interactive map of zipcodes, and their contributions to Bernie, complete with total contribution amount, population, and contributions per capita.

Check out the map here.

The New World Atlas of Artificial Sky Brightness

31 Jan

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Just found a 3d map of worldwide light pollution in the night sky. The brighter the area, the harder it is to see the night sky. In the region, Cherry Springs State Park is reputed to have the darkest night sky in the northeast. However, the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia looks pretty dark.

Check out the map over at the New World Atlas of Artificial Night Sky.

Fast Food vs Farmers’ Markets

30 Jan

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Someone mapped all of the top ten fast food restaurants across the country. Above is our little corner of the world.

Below, is a map of where all of the Farmers’ Markets are located, in the same area.

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Be sure to check out the original interactive map.

Visualize Pollution with AirVisual

30 Jan

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You can view a real-time visualization of air pollution across the globe. This map shows an animated visualization of wind patterns and Air Quality Index (an index of combined ozone, PM2.5, PM10, carbon monoxide, sulphur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide).

As most of our wind comes from the west, you can see exactly how Ohio is mucking up our air, as pollution knows no state borders.

Be sure to click to see the mesmerizing map in action.

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