Year of Warmest Temperature, Categorized by Decade. Source: NOAA
Although similar in shape and size, the graphic below is quite different than the typical anomaly or percentile map depicted in these operational State of the Climate reports. The colors on the map below represent time periods. Sepcifically, they represent when the warmest year on record occurred for each of the qualifying grid boxes in the analysis.
Because there are many different individual years, from grid box to grid box, it was necessary to bin the years into their respective decades. For example, a grid box colored darker blue indicates that its warmest year on record occurred during the 2001-10 decade, and so on.
The dominance of blue and light blue on the map indicates that, for the vast majority of the earth’s surface, the warmest year occurred during the 21st century. But this pattern is certainly not universal, as other decades are depicted. There are also rough regional patterns in the maps.
Species of Conservation Concern in the Continental US – Source: NatureServe
This great data about federally listed or imperiled plant and animal species comes from NatureServe. Their interactive maps lists each at-risk species in every county and every watershed in the United States.
Check out the interactive maps at http://www.natureserve.org/conservation-tools/map-species-county-and-watershed
Territories claimed by Rojava (Kurdish: Rojavaya Kurdistanê “Western Kurdistan”)
Rojava is burgeoning democracy born out of the Syrian Civil War. Since declaring autonomy in 2013, it’s seen a radical social revolution based on principles of direct democracy, women’s liberation, religious freedom, ethnic equality, restorative justice, and environmental sustainability. Given the oppressive forces which the Rojava resistance battles – Daesh (ISIL) and the government of Bashar al-Assad – Rojava is a rare light in the Syrian Civil War.
The following maps depict Rojava in its three official languages: Kurdî (Kurdish), ܐܪܡܝܐ (Aramaic), and العربية (Arabic).
Afrin – Efrîn / عفرين
Aleppo – Heleb / ﺣﻠﺐ / ܚܠܒ
Al-Bab – Bab / الباب
Al-Darbasiyah – Dirbêsî / الدرباسية
Al-Hasakah – Hesîçe / ܚܣܟܗ / الحسكة
Al-Jawadiyah – Çilaxa / الجوادية
Al-Malikiyah – Dêrika Hemko / ܕܪܝܟ / المالكية
Al-Qahtaniyah – Tirbespî / ܩܒܪ̈ܐ ܚܘܪ̈ܐ / القحطانية
Al-Qamishli – Qamişlo / ܩܡܫܠܝ / القامشلي
Al-Raqqah – Reqa /ܩܐܠܘܢܝܩܝ / الرقة
Amuda – Amûdê / عامودا
Ayn al-Arab – Kobanî / عين العرب
Ayn Issa – Bozanê / ناحية عين عيسى
Azaz – Ezaz / أعزاز
Euphrates River – Firat / الفرات / ܦܪܬ
Gaziantep – Dîlok / عنتاب
Iraq – Îraq / العراق / ܥܝܪܐܩ
Jarabulus – Cerablûs / ܓܪܐܒܠܣ / جرابلس
Khabur River – Xabûr / ܚܒܘܪ / الخابور
Kurd Mountains – Çiyayê Kurmênc / جبل حلب
Manbij – Menbîc / ܡܒܘܓ / منبج
Mardin – Mêrdîn / ماردين / ܡܪܕܝܢ
Mount Abdulaziz – Çiyayê Kezwan / جبل عبدالعزيز
Ras al-Ayn – Serê Kaniyê / ܪܝܫ ܥܝܢܐ / رأس العين
Şanlıurfa – Riha / أورفة / ܐܘܪܗܝ
Sinjar Mountains – Çiyayên Şingalê / ܛܘܪܐ ܕܫܝܓܪ / جبل سنجار
Syria – Sûrî /سوريا / ܣܘܪܝܐ
Tell Abyad – Girê Spî / تل أبيض
Tell Tamer – Girê Xurma / ܬܠ ܬܡܪ / تل تمر
Tigris River – Dîcle / دجلة / ܕܩܠܬ
Turkey – Tirkiye / تركيا / ܛܘܪܩܝܐ
Maps by Jordan Engel
Rojava in Kurdish
Rojava in Aramaic
Rojava in Arabic
Rojava in Kurdish, Aramaic, and Arabic