Heat Map: Map shows Countries Are Responsible to Climate Change

If you are wondering which countries emit more carbon dioxide and should be more responsible to climate change, you may refer to the following heat map for more ideas.

This heat map is created by New Scientist that the size of each countries are based on the amount of greenhouse gases they emit.


There are 0.74 °C warming between 1906 and 2005, and the United States is responsible for 22 percent (0.15 °C ) while China and Russia are responsible for 9 percent and 8 percent respectively.

It is interesting that though the U.S.A., China and Russia are countries should be most responsible to the climate change, United Kingdom and Germany are countries mostly heated.

We all understand that global warming and climate change is a world-wide issue that we all should cooperate together, and tackle it. For more information, you can refer to:
World Map: Cities that Climate Change Will Hit First
Carbon Emissions in America

World Map of Social Networks

Facebook is always the most popular social network platform across the world, even there is rising popularity of Instagram. Here is a world map that showcasing the most popular social networking sites by county in Dec 2013. The map is created using Alextraffic data and is updated every 6 months.
world-map-of-social-networks-2013According to the map, Facebook has already become the most popular social network platform across the world, except those countries that has closed the door for Facebook (e.g. China).

Currently, there are 1189 billion active users in Facebook per month, though the growing rate is comparatively lower than before, that there are 351 million users in Asia, 276 million users in Europe, 199 million users in US & Canada, and 362 million users in other countries.

It is quite surprising that there are more active users in Asia rather than in US, the origin of Facebook.

In Russia, V Kontakte and Odnoklassniki are still competing to conquer the leader place in the market, and currently V Kontakte is placing the position.

In China, QZone still dominates the Asian market with 623 million users, however, it’s growth is being slowed down by the rising popularity of Weixin recently.

Here is another image shows the changing of popular social networks across the world since June 2009.

World Map: Road Kills across the Globe

Deaths caused by road accidents has already reached 1.24 million per year across the globe, and it will triple to 3.6 million per year by 2030, and road accidents will become the fifth leading cause of death in the developing countries, according to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) most recent Global Burden of Disease study. Here is an interactive world map that annotating roads kill percentage in each country, and detailed statistic chart can be seen when mouseover the regions, and full story can be seen when mouse click the markers.


Here are some highlights from the report and the map:

  • New York City, U.S., has made great strides in reducing traffic fatalities with its streets among the safest in the road.
  • Sweden is the industrialized country with the lowest roads kill.
  • Dramatically increased numbers of new drivers and vehicles on the road is the main course for the high road fatalities rate in Russia.
  • In Egypt, people died in road traffic crashes every year exceed the toll of those who died in the revolution.
  • In Liberia, 66% road fatalities were among pedestrians, which was the worst record among African countries.
  • The Dominican Republic is the most dangerous place to drive in the Americas, with nearly 42 fatalities per 100,000 in population.
  • The Islamic Republic of Iran has the worst driving record in the Middle East, with 34 deaths per 100,000 in population.
  • In the past, people in Nigeria can buy a driving license even you have not taken driving lessons and passed a test, so it is not surprising with the high roads kill percentage.
  • Philippines has just passed a new drunk driving law earlier in 2013, but fails to establish a legal blood alcohol content level for intoxication, and let’s see if roads kill can be reduced.


By the way, we find this world map very informative, which is not complicated to create.  First, you can easily find a world map template with all regions on the website, and then add mouseover information box, which text content, table and images, and external links can be inserted, to related regions. Finally, you can create heat map with map legend to indicate the road kills percentage in various countries.

Here is a video tutorial about creating heat map, and you can also create an informative world map that similar to the above one in few steps:

Maps: Countries that Edward Snowden Requests for Asylum

Edward Snowden, who has leaked National Security Agency documents, has applied for asylum in 21 different countries, and a world heat map has been created to display the responses from various countries.
Map: Tracking how countries are answering Snowden’s asylum requests

As shown in the map, most of the countries has turned down the requests on the basis that asylum application is only considerable if he is in the borders, which some claims that he was rejected by not meeting the requirements for being a political refuge.

Another clickable Google Map has been created to pinpoint the location with details. You can click on the pins and get more information about the updated status:


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