Additional Mapping Projects

The following applications utilize mapping technologies and focus on environmental justice issues.

Sierra Club
The Sierra Club provides a broader picture of coal plants in the U.S. at Here, users will find information on active and upcoming plants as well as those that the Sierra Club or another environmental NGO has succeeded in shutting down. The map pinpoints the locations of the plants and details the corporations that have funded the plants.

I Love Mountains
I Love Mountains is an initiative of environmental justice group Appalachian Voices that seeks to end mountaintop removal for coal mining. On, a Google Earth application allows site visitors to download an Appalachian Mountain Removal layer onto their desktops. The app includes features such as a video series of individuals and communities affected by mountaintop coal mining, a high resolution mine site tour, a tracking device whereby users enter the zip codes to see how their local electrical grid is connected to Appalachian mountaintop coal mines, before and after overlays, and a 3D model of a dragline, a mining machine used to scoop up bedrock which it then dumps into surrounding valleys. Appalachian Voices was named a Google Earth Hero for their effective use of the Google Earth application to spread their message.

Map Kibera
kibera.pngMap is the first attempt to put Kibera, known as Africa's largest slum, on the map. Located in Nairobi, Kenya, it had previously been undocumented. In November 2009, a team of local organizers used Open Street Map software to create the map, which seeks to spread information about the geography and resources in Kibera in order to help improve the lives of its residents.

Alert Net Crisis Map:
Reuters AlertNet is a humanitarian news network and website whose goal is to keep humanitarian and relief agencies, as well as the wider public, up-to-date on humanitarian crises around the globe. They have launched a beta-version mapping program aimed at collecting and dispersing real-time data of humanitarian emergencies, natural disasters, and other relevant information to the upwards of 10 million users who visit AlertNet every year. Their mapping application, which can be reached by clicking on the image above, provides a search feature to locate specific times of humanitarian crisis, information, and sourcing, as well as links to relevant information on their website and an extensive map catalog feature.

Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System
The Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System, provides near to real-time alerts on an interactive mapping application about natural disasters around the world such as earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, and heat waves, and then links the information from the map to more in-depth reports on their website. They have a Virtual On-Site Operations Coordination Center, which provide the tools necessary to facilitate response coordination, including media monitoring and extensive mapping catalogs.

Natural Resources Defense Council
One of NRDC's many interactive maps tracks beachwater quality at popular U.S. beaches using a five star rating system at
The map rates beaches based on several criteria, including how often the water quality has been tested. The app encourages users to be citizen journalists by sharing news, photos or videos of their local beach.

Launched in 2002 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, eBird provides data sources for basic information on bird abundance and distribution for the birding community. Their mapping application allows users to enter up to five species of birds over a selected date range to see how the population of certain species are distributed across the country and how they have changed in recent years, as a result of climate change or other factors.

A Google Enterprise partner, EarthKnowledgemaps information about biological diversity, water, climate and land using Google Earth maps.
For each section, the website provides a list of articles published within the last week. Each listing links to a location on the map where the article was published. The user can then navigate to a summary of the article and to the article itself.

Additional Resources Utilizing Mapping Technology

Ecological Footprint Calculator by the Global Footprint Network
How much land area does it take to support your lifestyle? Take this quiz to find out your Ecological Footprint, discover your biggest areas of resource consumption, and learn what you can do to tread more lightly on the earth.

Breathing Earth by David Bleja
This real-time simulation displays the CO2 emissions of every country in the world, as well as their birth and death rates.

Open Street Map utilizes crowdsourcing to populate local maps for community use.

Threatened Voices
A collaborative mapping project to build a database of bloggers who have been threatened, arrested or killed for speaking out online and to draw attention to the campaigns to free them.

World Webcam Monitor: Natural Events
Visual Climate Change mapping
Science Progress
The Human Toll of Climate Change: Data Points from Around the Globe