The Age of Earthquakes

This book is: “A highly provocative, mind-bending, beautifully designed, and visionary look at the landscape of our rapidly evolving digital era."

 

"50 years after Marshall McLuhan's ground breaking book on the influence of technology on culture in The Medium is the Massage, Basar, Coupland and Obrist extend the analysis to today, touring the world that’s redefined by the Internet, decoding and explaining what they call the 'extreme present’.

 

https://www.amazon.com/Age-Earthquakes-Guide-Extreme-Present/dp/0399173862

 

Super Typhoon Maysak

Super Typhoon Maysak.  March 2015.

Pacific Ocean - Garbage Patch

PACIFIC OCEAN.  The last 30 years - The Great Pacific garbage patch, is a collection of marine debris in the central North Pacific Ocean located roughly between 135°W to 155°W and 35°N and 42°N. It is composed of large debris and microscopic particles of plastics.

The Great Pacific garbage patch was predicted in a 1988 paper published by theNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the United States.

Pacific Wild Life - Threat

PACIFIC WILD LIFE. While wildlife copes with changing habitats, temperature, ocean acidity, and food chain instability, they also are threatened by the garbage everywhere.

Chile - Flooding

CHILE.  March 2015 - A man clings to a security line to cross a street flooded by the overflowing of the Copiapo River due to heavy rainfall that affected some areas in the city, in Copiapo. They received over 14 years' worth of rain in 24 hours.

California - Drought

CALIFORNIA  August 2015 - the California drought is now in its fourth year. Rivers are disappearing as people ration water.

Malawi - Flooding

MALAWI.  January 2013 – Because of flooding Malawi, president declared nearly one third of the country a disaster zone this Janurary. Some of the world’s driest places have flooded this year: such as northern Chile, Ghana, Georgia, Mozambique and Texas.

India - Heat

INDIA.  May 2015 – India experienced a sever heat wave with temperatures over 45 degrees Celsius. It caused the deaths of more than 2,500 people, and lasted more than 25 days. 

Philippines - Typhoon

PHILIPPINES.   November 2013 - Typhoon Haiyan, known in the Philippines as Typhoon Yolanda, was one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded, devastating portions of Southeast Asia, particularly the Philippines. It is the deadliest Philippine typhoon recorded in modern history, killing at least 6,300 people in that country alone. 

This Typhoon spurred Pilipino climate change representative Yeb Sano to plea to the world at the UN's climate meeting in Warsaw, Poland to take immediate, drastic action to reduce climate change-causing carbon dioxide emissions.

China - Tornadoes

CHINA.  June 2015 - A half-mile wide F1 tornado that passed over the Yangtze River on 1 June caused a cruise ship to capsize and sink, killing more than 440 out of 454 people on board. Other deadly tornadoes struck in Mexico, Burma, Brazil and the US.

Tornadoes form all over the world, including in the UK, but are usually most destructive in the US, parts of India and Bangladesh. So far this year the most casualties from Tornadoes are in China.

Alaska - Fires

ALASKA. In Alaska, British Colombia and Northern Canada the 2015 fire season started earlier this year, and has been one of the worst in history. With record numbers of fires starting, and record-breaking areas burnt. Smoke plumes can be seen with satalite imagery drifting over the continent. One fire in Alaska burnt over 500,000 acres in one day. 

South Korea & Sudan - Droughts / Flooding

SOUTH KOREA.  August 2015 – South Korea is one of the four major areas with record-breaking droughts this year, along with South Africa, Brazil and California. 

SUDAN.  August 2013 - Flooding.

Canada - Heat

CANADA.   August 2015  - As heat accumulates over the land, larger storms form over Ontario with increased potential for tornadoes and damage.

Water contamination - USA

UNITED STATES.  August 2015 - The Animas River in Colorado has turned yellow after being contaminated with one million gallons of wastewater that leaked from a gold mine. Initial test show lead, arsenic, and cadmium have been found in the water. These photos were taken the same week.

Greenhouses in Murcia - Spain

SPAIN. Greenhouses in Murcia, Spain cover the landscape of one of the highest  vegetable producing areas in Europe.