Antartica’s Largest Iceberg Will Soon Be Non-Existent

On its course to the equator, this massive iceberg breaking off of Antartica’s Ross Shelf is nearing destruction.

Source: https://www.livescience.com/62759-largest-antarctic-iceberg-b15-is-melting.html

The iceberg, called B-15, has been drifting away from Antartica for around 20 years, covering more than 6,600 miles. The iceberg has gradually fractured into multiple smaller sections, and the section pictured is called B-15Z.

Source: https://www.livescience.com/62759-largest-antarctic-iceberg-b15-is-melting.html

This map tracks the course of B-15Z over time, and the iceberg is now passing the South Georgian Islands. The iceberg is nearing the equator, and the warmer tropical waters will quickly melt away the gargantuan ice mass,

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Policies To Stop Mass Shootings Are Not The Answer: The Overlooked Complexities Of Gun Violence

Mass shootings don’t represent the majority of firearm deaths in America and out of the 33,000+ firearm deaths per year, two-thirds of the deaths are suicides (orange), one-third are homicides (blue), and a small percentage are accidents (yellow). Even with the national attention on gun violence due to recent mass shootings, gun reform policies still need to reflect the diverse range of people affected by gun violence every day. 66% of gun homicide victims are black while the majority of mass shootings and suicides are from white men. Suicides present another demographic of people which are the elderly, while most mass shooters are under the age of 50. Having universal background checks, which is a supported solution to stopping mass shooters, won’t stop an older person with no criminal record from obtaining a gun. To reduce gun deaths, a unique, specified approach will need to be taken that considers the different sources of societal gun violence as well as the recent, devastating mass shootings.

This image breaks down the yearly deaths by a firearm with suicides (orange), homicides (blue), and accidents (yellow).

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Source: https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/mass-shootings-are-a-bad-way-to-understand-gun-violence/

This image quantifies the predominant majority that firearm suicides have over homicides.

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Source: https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/10/2/16399418/us-gun-violence-statistics-maps-charts

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The Contributing Factors Of Regional U.S. Gun Violence

Source: https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/10/2/16399418/us-gun-violence-statistics-maps-charts

This image explains how regions like the South-East and West without preventative gun reform laws have higher concentrations of firearm deaths. This is a striking correlation as other health factors like stress and mental health don’t necessarily relate to gun violence. As Richard Florida states, “States with tighter gun control laws have fewer gun-related deaths.”

The Availability of Food

These maps from 2010 show the availability of grocery store locations and also the percentage of people who had a car to get there. The topic of food availability is already an interesting conversation.. is there enough food? Is there enough food, but it just isn’t distributed evenly? Why is healthy food more expense then unhealthy? Why has food become more of a business then of a way to survive? Take a look at these maps, because they bring another problem into the mix! Transportation and accessibility.

The information for the maps was collected from the USDA Food Environment Atlas and the maps were created by Meharry Medical College.

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Healthmap.com

Healthmap.com is a great site to quickly and easily see health alerts and information around you. When you go on the site, you can let the site access your location and immediately health alerts pop up. The picture below shows 89 alerts around central NJ this past week. Click on the data points to view more information about the disease and the location.

Stay alert & stay healthy! Thanks healthmap.com for the information. Go to healthmap.com to see more.

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FARS National Highway Accident Intensity Map- 2014

The map below shows highway accidents displayed in a heat map to show areas of most intensity. The data is collected from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2014. Check the map out at communitymappingforhealthequity.org.

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Suicide Mortality Rates by County 2000-2009

Below is a map showing suicide mortality rates by county from 2000-2009 records. The blue shows the lowest rates, moving up to red with the highest. Those places that are shown in the white color represent insufficient data. The data was taken from CDC Wonder and put into a map by the Health Disparities Research Center of Excellence at Meharry Medical College.

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