MdP – MAPS: Percent of the United States‘ European Exports to each Country


US Exports to Europe
The USA exported $354.3 Billion worth of goods to „European“ countries in 2015. This map shows the percentage of the exports in USD that each country received.

The country that imported the most was Germany. The Germans imported $63.3 Billion or 17%. The country that imported the least amount was San Marino. They imported $1.13 Million or 0.0004%.

Top 5 Countries are:

  1. Germany
  2. UK
  3. France
  4. Netherlands
  5. Belgium/Luxembourg

Bottom 5 countries are:

  1. San Marino
  2. Syria
  3. Andorra
  4. Montenegro
  5. Moldova

Source: The Observatory of Economic Complexity


MdP – MAPS: Die Einzugs- bzw. Entwässerungsgebiete der Flüsse in Europa – ich mag diese Karte

Einzugs- bzw. Entwässerungsgebiete (Begriff aus der Hydrogeographie): 
Das durch Wasserscheiden begrenzte Gebiet, welches durch einen Fluss mit allen seinen Nebenflüssen entwässert wird. Es wird zwischen dem oberirdischen und dem unterirdischen Einzugsgebiet unterschieden.

Wonderful Map: 1.2 million Streams and 8,000 Catchment Areas  


click this link to get to the poster version

The HD map above shows the approximately 8,000 catchment areas of Europe’s 1.2 million streams and rivers. It’s based on the Strahler Stream Order Classification System. The higher the stream order, the thicker the line. I really like this map.

The 10 Longest Rivers in Europe are:

  1. Volga – 3,692km
  2. Danube – 2,860km
  3. Ural – 2,428km
  4. Dnieper – 2,290km
  5. Don – 1,950km
  6. Pechora – 1,809km
  7. Kama – 1,805km
  8. Northern Dvina–Vychegda – 1,774km
  9. Oka – 1,500km
  10. Belaya – 1,430km

The map was created by Robert Szucs (Reddit user Fejetlenfej),
who runs GrasshopperGeography.

MdP – SMARTE KOMMUNEN UND LANDKREISE: Big Belly – Ich hoffe, dass die bald auch nach Deutschland kommen

Im Rahmen meiner Suche nach interessanten Innovationen für smarte Kommunen und Landkreise bin ich auf Big Belly gestossen.

My message to the American Company: We would be ready for the smart trash cans. We Germans are the global leaders in waste management and we need  to catch up a little, little bit in the field of digitalization. And solar and metering technologies, that’s our home turf anyway. So let’s take this to next level.


from the LA Magazine 

Bins with Wi-Fi capability—and, in some cases, solar-powered trash compactors—are helping to make overflowing receptacles a thing of the past

Trash collection isn’t easy, but it is getting smarter. To date, the City of Los Angeles has added more than 330 high-tech Bigbelly garbage cans to its arsenal. The system, which includes bins with Wi-Fi capability—and, in some cases, solar-powered trash compactors—has been showing up in cities around the world, improving efficiency and helping to make overflowing receptacles a thing of the past.

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Here’s the intel behind the design: 
1. The Solar Panel
The panel on top fuels a 12-volt battery that powers the compactor. Though lack of sunshine isn’t usually a problem in L.A., the panel doesn’t need direct light to function; even a snowy Stockholm winter wouldn’t slow it down.
2. The Mouth
The 6-by-17-inch opening allows for waste to be easily deposited but prevents access to the already-compacted trash. To get rid of that In-N-Out wrapper, you’re going to have to employ a move more like mailing a letter than making a free throw.
3. The Console
The unit isn’t all belly—it has a brain, too. Sensors gauge the bin’s fullness, and trash collectors are alerted via text message or e-mail to remove the contents. The system aggregates data about all the cans in an area to improve collection efficiency. In the future, the cans could serve as public Wi-Fi hot spots.
4. The Trash
All those Starbucks runs add up. Los Angeles County disposed of approximately 9 million tons of trash in 2012—an average of 4.7 pounds per person per day.
5. The Trash Bag
Liner bags—supplied by WasteZero and made of recycled materials­—prevent the interior from getting too gross.
6. The Compactor
The automated steel device compresses the contents, enabling pick-ups to be made less frequently, which saves time and money. The unit holds about five times what fits in a typical trash can. For areas with less foot traffic, there’s the Smartbelly model, which has the sensors but not the compactor.
7. The Exterior
Made of sheet metal with heavy-duty plastic side panels, Bigbelly is weatherized and scratch resistant. Trash collectors empty the bin by unlocking the front door with a master key.

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Source: Los Angeles Magazine, by Julia Herbst

MdP – INFOGRAPHICS: Who Immigrated to the US and When – This Great Infographic Mirrors World History

Immigration to the US has been limited by many factors, including laws such as the Immigration Act of 1924 that completely excluded immigrants from Asia and severely limited the number of immigrants of other nationalities. People obtaining lawful permanent resident status by region or selected country of last residence: 1820 – 2015.


Click this link to to get to the hoverable version of this infographic