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Two Harvard Design Students Won an Award for This Amazing Water Visualization

Spend 15 minutes playing with and learning from the most incredible water-focused data visualization you've ever seen.

Here's some more info about the fantastic "What Is Your Water Footprint" visualization by Joseph Bergen and Nickie Huang, both students at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. They are the winners of the Visualizing.org design contest, Visualizing Urban Water Challenge.

Of the contest, Maywa Montenegro of Visualizing.org writes:

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Interactive Chart: Deaths per TWh by Energy Source

Coal is the most lethal energy source, while natural gas and nuclear stack up relatively well.

This interactive visualization, found at the IBM research site Many Eyes, allows you to compare the number of deaths, measured per terawatt-hour (TWh), that can be attributed to each of the main sources of energy worldwide—coal, oil, natural gas, nuclear, hydro, and peat or biomass—against the proportion that each contribute to global energy production.

Click on the button on the top-left of the graphic below to open it up. The left column represents the percentage of global energy production for each source. The right column reflects the deaths per TWh that are attributable to each source.

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