Breathing Earth = Reality Check : Says Seth
Ya know how you always hear people talking about someone being born or dying every some-odd seconds? Well Breathingearth.net actually visualizes that "statistic" right on their web-page. I'm still a bit baffled as to how they accomplish such a worldly feat, but it's still cool (and a little eerie) that something happening on such a massive scale can be captured through the magic of the Internet.
Breathingearth.com also shows carbon dioxide emissions all over the world, using a color scale to indicate severity. The United States, India and Japan seem to lead the pack (surprise surprise) and if you need more specific information about an individual country, just mouse over and find out population, 1000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emitted every day, and birth and deaths. Also, as you stay on the page a running tally keeps track of how many people have been born and died since you opened the website.
The site's mission might seem pretty simple at first, but I'd argue a deeper symbolism behind Breathingearth.com. By measuring carbon dioxide (a poison to humans) against birth and death rates, it's showing what the human population is doing to our planet. If you watch your tally you'll notice that births far outnumber deaths, which means we're growing exponentially faster than we are shrinking, thereby increasing carbon dioxide output in the same frantic manner. It's one of those things that puts into perspective how much we affect our planet and what we need to do to make sure those affects are positive. Al Gore would be happy to see something like this. Think green everybody.