Putting Events in Context By Putting Them on Your House

The floods in Pakistan sound bad, but just how bad are they, really? Well, if they were in America and centered around New York city, they would extend along the east coast, all the way from Canada to North Carolina:

That's just one of the options at the BBC's amazing Dimension's site, which performs the simple but often mind-blowing action of transposing world events onto a Google map. Would you like to see the Great Pacific Garbage Patch over your neighborhood? (Note, it will cover your neighborhood and neighboring states.) How about how far you could launch a Predator drone from your house? Or what it would look like if you finally get the money to construct that pyramid? Everything seems to makes more sense when you see it in a geographic context you can understand.

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President Trump's appearance at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland was a mixed bag.

The theme of the event was climate change, but Trump chose to use his 30 minutes of speaking time to brag about the "spectacular" U.S. economy and encouraged world leaders to invest in America.

He didn't mention climate change once.

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Last Friday, GOOD reported on an infuriating incident that went down at a Massachusetts Target.

A Target manager who's come to be known as "Target Tori," was harassed by Twitter troll David Leavitt for not selling him an $89 Oral-B Pro 5000 toothbrush for a penny.

He describes himself as a "multimedia journalist who has worked for CBS, AXS, Yahoo, and others."

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The Australian bushfires have claimed 27 human lives, an estimated 1 billion animals are feared dead, and thousands of properties have been completely decimated.

The fires were caused by extreme heat and dryness, the result of 2019 being the country's hottest year on record, with average temperatures 1.52C above the 1961-1990 average.

The area hit hardest by the fires, New South Wales, also had its hottest year on record, with temperatures rising 1.95C above average.

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