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Posted on July 1st, 2014

Apollo News Snippets – July 2014


  • For those of you who often read my pieces, I think it would come as no surprise for me to say that I am very ‘green’ in my own life: I do not own a car; I buy as much local produce as I can; my house is 100% organic; I keep my heat at 60 degrees during winter nights; etc. etc. Keeping in line with my love for the planet, check out this series of graphics on climate and energy use topics. The graphics are extremely easy to interpret and are eye opening even for those who feel that the leading cause of climate change is not anthropogenic, but rather due to natural atmospheric, solar and planetary cycles.
Here is one of the many graphics you can find at This bar graph shows that the price of producing power with solar cells has dropped over 99% and is now nearly the same price as producing it via non-renewable sources.


  • In honor of the allergies many of us suffer through during the spring and summer, my Google Search for the month was, “GIS and allergies.” What was returned is an interesting in-progress study by Harvard Forest. The study aims to model the impacts of climate change on pollen induced allergies. As you can imagine, GIS is a central part of the research that is underway. For those New Englanders who also have allergies, this might be a study you want to keep an eye on for its final results!


  • From Maine we travel down the coast to my home state of Maryland for a review of their largest city’s GIS resources, Baltimore. I am happy to report that after some digging on their GIS site, I was able to find both an online viewer and a means to download data in shapefile format. For those of you looking to see a collection of interactive maps online, here is a link to Baltimore’s CityView. And for those of your looking for a wide variety of spatial data for download, OpenBalitmore is where you want to head.


Brock Adam McCarty
Map Wizard
(720) 470-7988

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