Entries in Environmental (3)

Friday
May092014

GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE

green infrastructure

I created this illustration awhile back for h magazine (agency: Landesberg Design). It appeared in an article about the impact of storm water runoff in urban communities like Philadelphia. The drawing highlights various green initiatives, including permeable parking lots, bioswales, rainwater gardens, stream buffer restoration, rain barrels, and green roofs. Thanks to Kipp Madison at Landesberg Design for the fascinating project!

Tuesday
Dec182012

GLOBAL WARMING: THE BOTTOM LINE

It's December in Vermont and I'm staring up the side of a mountain that is shrouded in fog. Beads of water are collecting on my goggles. From my perch on the chairlift I straighten my legs and watch a few islands of slush run down my skis. Below me, a couple walk their dog in the barren grass bordering a swath of man-made snow that snakes upward into the gloom.

This is not an ideal day for skiing, though one that's likely to become more prevalent in the years to come if you're to believe all the talk of global warming. According to a recent article, winter temperatures are projected to increase 4 to 10 degrees by the end of the century, effectively halving the duration of the ski season in the Northeast. Of course, inconveniencing winter sports enthusiasts is just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak. In his sobering article for Rolling Stone Magazine, Bill McKibben simplifies the math involved with curtailing our planet's rising temperature. He explains that, according to scientists, humans will be able to emit roughly 565 more gigatons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere by midcentury and still have a chance to avoid the most dire predictions for our planet. Unfortunately, there are approximately 2,795 gigatons of carbon in the untapped reserves of the major fossil fuel companies. These reserves of coal and oil and gas represent roughly $27 trillion, a major financial incentive for these companies. And if we burn all of that carbon, which represents five times the "safe" amount we can sustain, the planet will "crater", to use McKibben's words.

I'm hopeful we can avoid such a fate. Technical advances in the production of renewable energy sources could reduce costs and disincentivize the extraction of fossil fuels. Consumer habits can change. But the first step in attaining that goal is global awareness of the stakes involved. I welcome and look forward to any illustration opportunities that might communicate possible solutions to what is quickly becoming the most important issue we face.

Tuesday
Apr122011

HYDRAULIC FRACTURING

This is a recent infographic I created showing the process of hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking", to accompany an online Q&A with Dr. Robert Earle of Analysis Group. Fracking is a well-stimulation process for extracting natural gas from shale deposits. Though the practice holds a lot of promise, it might also negatively impact the environment. Seismic disturbances, water usage, and groundwater contamination are all issues that are being examined to further develop strict safety guidelines.

Thanks to Tanya Mysko, Creative Director at Analysis Group, who made this a fun and interesting project to work on!

Hydraulic Fracturing infographic