Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Wounded Knee: A Line in the Sand Documentary

You may wonder why I am posting about this documentary. Here's the short answer. For the last 7 years I've been working with Willard Carlson, headman of the Blue Creek Ah Pah Traditional village on the Lower Klamath River in Northern California. Willard was a participant in the 1973 American Indian Movement standoff at Wounded Knee on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota and is an active participant in the documentary. My work on the project varies from webmaster to photographer and all points in between plus creation of maps for the project. You can read more about the project, the documentary and view the trailer here.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

EPA Climate Change Adaptation Plans Released

On October 31, 2014 EPA releaseld its Climate Adaptation and Implementation Plans.

View and download EPA Climate Change Adaptation Plans

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Toxic Release Inventory Released October 2014 - GIS Shapefiles Download

EPA released the 2013 Toxic Release Inventory data this month, October, 2014. We have created GIS shapefiles based on this data. The Toxic Release Inventory data is useful in learning more about toxic facilities nearby where you live, work, play and attend school.

Download the Toxic Release GIS Shapefiles

Thursday, October 23, 2014

2013 Toxic Release Inventory Errors Now Fixed

Hello - On October 16, 2014 the EPA sent out a press release announcing the release of the 2013 TRI data. I downloaded this data from http://www2.epa.gov/toxics-release-inventory-tri-program/2013-preliminary-dataset-basic-data-files on October 17, 2014 and found the following errors in the data.

Though the field list indicated there were 102 fields, I only found 100. Closer examination revealed that the BIA_CODE and TRIBAL fields were missing from all of the data files including the tribal data file.

I also notice the a field named CLEAR_AIR_ACT_CHEMICAL should be CLEAN_AIR_ACT_CHEMICAL. I looked back at previous years and it seems this oversight has been present for some time.

The tribal data file, TRI_2013_TBL.csv was way to large at 37.332 mb - almost the size of the national file.

I alerted EPA about these errors and I'm glad to report that as of today, they seem to be all corrected. CLEAr Air Act is now CLEAn AIR ACT. All data files now have the BIA_CODE and TRIBE fields - note that these only have data in the fields in the tribal data file. And, the tribal data file, TRI_2013_TBL.csv, makes more sense at a 66k rather than 37.332 mb.

I downloaded these early to prepare GIS shapefiles. Unfortunately I downloaded them before these errors were corrected so I have some repair work to do before the shapefiles are ready for you to download. I did find 127 records without longitude and latitude so I have geocoded these. This will be the first time I have prepared GIS shapefiles from the TRI data where ALL of the facilities are mapped.

So, if you downloaded this data early on, you might want to see if you have the data with errors or the set I'm looking at today,

We'll also be updating the TRI data on our ToxicRisk.com with this new corrected 2013 data. I'll let you know when it is good to go.

Here is the EPA Press Release:

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U.S. EPA

Oct 16

Is there an industrial facility in your neighborhood? Near your workplace or your child’s school? If so, you can use the most recent Toxics Release Inventory data from calendar year 2013 to find out:

  • If the facility has reported to the TRI Program
  • What toxic chemicals the facility is using and releasing into the environment, or otherwise managing as waste
  • If the facility initiated any pollution prevention activities in the most recent calendar year.

You can access the complete 2013 TRI dataset through Envirofacts, TRI Explorer, the TRI P2 Search Tool, and in downloadable files from the TRI website. EPA will use this dataset as the basis for the 2013 TRI National Analysis report, planned for publication in January 2015.

The 2013 data will be available in TRI.NET and the myRTK application later this year.

To learn more about the TRI Program and what you can do with the latest TRI data, check out the Toxics Release Inventory in Action.

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Regards,

Mike

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Ebola Maps & Shapefiles Available

New Ebola Maps and Shapefiles resource page at MapCruzin.com:

Click here for Ebola Maps and Shapefiles

West Africa Ebola Maps Shapefiles Related

If you've been following the Ebola outbreak you may be interested in these. We currently have maps of Western Africa including:

Burkin-Faso Ghana Guinea Mali Niger Nigeria

Access the Western Africa maps here.

We have added Western Africa shapefiles for the same countries.

Access the Western Africa shapefiles here.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

New Syrian Place and Asian Disputed Areas GIS Shapefiles Free Download

Hello - I've added the following Syrian place shapefiles.

Aleppo
Ar Raqqah
As Suwayda
Dar A
Damascus
Dayr Az Zawr
Hamah
Hasaka
Homs
Idlib
Lattakia
Quneitra
Rif Dimashq
Tartus

Plus Asian disputed areas.

Arunachal Pradesh
Jammu Kashmir
Orissa
Sikkim

Download these for free at MapCruzin.com.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Many new European Country Shapefiles Added Free to Download

I've added many new free to download GIS shapefiles of European countries. Here's the complete list. More to come:

Albania
Alps
Andorra
Austria
Azores
Belarus
Belgium
Bulgaria
Crotia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Faroe Islands
Finland
France
Germany
Great Britain
England
Leicestershire
Nottinghamshire
Scotland
Wales
Greece
Hungary
Iceland
Isle of Man
Italy
Latvia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malta
Moldova
Monaco
Netherlands
Norway
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Russia European Portion
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Ukraine

Download these free European country's shapefiles here.

If you have a special request for a country's shapefiles, please send me an email.

Cheers,

Mike

Updated List of Free to Download Asia and Middle East GIS Shapefile Layers

Many new Asian and Middle Eastern GIS shapefiles to download for free:

Afghanistan
Azerbaijan
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Bhutan
Cambodia
China
Cyprus
Gaza
Gaza-Bbox
GCC Gulf Cooperation Council
Hong Kong
India
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Israel
Japan
Jordan
Kazakhstan
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Lebanon
Mongolia
Nepal
North Korea
Oman
Pakistan
Palestine
Philippines
Qatar
Russia Asian Portion
Saudi Arabia
South Korea
Sri Lanka
Syria
Thailand
Turkey
Turkmenistan
United Arab Emirates
Uzbekistan
Vietnam
Yemen

Download these free Asian and Middle Eastern country's shapefiles here.

If you have a special request for a country's shapefiles, please send me an email.

Cheers,

Mike

New Free to Download African Continent and Country Shapefiles

I've added more African countries to the list of free to download shapefiles. Here's the updated list:

Burundi
Botswana
Canary Islands
Comoros
Djibouti
Egypt
Ethiopia
Guinea
Ivory Coast
Liberia
Libya
Madagascar
Morocco
Sierra Leone
Somolia
South Africa - Lesetho
Sudan
Tanzania

Download free African continent and country shapefiles here.

If you have a special request for a country's shapefiles, send me an email and I'll get it done as soon as possible.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Flood Wall Street the day after the People's Climate March in NYC

Though important, the People's Climate March is being criticized on several fronts. The day after the September 21st march, Naomi Klein and Chris Hedges have organized Flood Wall Street.

Read more about the People's Climate March and Flood Wall Street here.

Friday, September 5, 2014

New World Country Shapefiles Added - Free to Download and Use

I've just added several new GIS shapefiles of various countries around the world. Shapefiles may include buildings,administrative, places, natural features, roads and highways, water bodies and streams...

Find Shapefiles Here

If you have a special request for shapefiles of a specific country that is not listed, let me know and I'll work it in. Just send me an email.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

The Fight for Net Neutrality

If net neutrality is not protected and a multi tiered internet is implemented MapCruzin.com and many of your other favorite websites will be much slower or perhaps impossible to visit. To learn more about net neutrality and the fight to preserve it and keep mega-cable companies from taking over check the following articles, companies that you will be joining if you support net neutrality and things that you can do on September 10th if you have a website:

Top Web Companies Join Internet Slowdown Protest for Net Neutrality.

Speak Up—or Slow Down: Why We Need A Day of Action for Net Neutrality.

Join the Battle for Net Neutrality.

On Net Neutrality, the FCC Can't Ignore the Public.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

2013 EPA Toxic Release Inventory Prelimary Data Release Ready for Download

Though the final release of the 2013 EPA Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) data won't be released until October, you can download the prelimary data now.

Download 2013 Preliminary TRI data here.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Renewable Energy Geospatial Toolkits for Selected Countries

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory provides Geospatial Toolkits for selected countries around the globe.

Each toolkit includes a GIS map viewer and several base map and renewable energy layers for investigating renewable energy resources and potentials.

Learn more about Geospatial Toolkits.