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May 6, 2017

Mixed Messages: Our Best Social Media This Week

Torn and overlapping official posters of candidates for the 2017 French presidential election Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron are seen in Cambrai, France. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

Our theme this week is the mixed message. Do the French have a real choice in their election Sunday? Did Trump do anything for his party in the health care “victory”? How heartfelt is it to crack the border wall for a few minutes?  Does Trump do anything for history (or the tux)? Is the average North Korean a visual fall guy for its government’s despotism? Are there too many causes and protests right now for the media to seriously cover (or cover seriously)?

A picture’s worth a thousand questions.

In this day and age, why shouldn’t pollution masks display data? When it comes to the environment, abstraction is the enemy. Short of exposing the particles themselves, this let’s you see it. Follow Greg.⠀ ⠀ Reposting @gregmcnevin:⠀ …⠀ “Launching today is a new photo project I’ve been working on for the last year: Unmask My City. ⠀ Air pollution is driving a global climate and health crisis. It is behind one in nine deaths, and affects almost everyone given 92% of people live in places that do not meet World Health Organization air quality guidelines. ⠀ In these images, doctors, fisherman and others wear LED light masks that change colour dynamically according to real time measurements of local air pollution levels. Here they are yellow or red, showing PM2.5 particulate pollution levels are two to five-times WHO standards for healthy air in India, Poland, Turkey, and Serbia. Improving air quality and ‘unmasking’ our cities will not only save millions of lives & improve the health of billions, it is one of the most effective ways to tackle climate change in the near term.⠀ ⠀ #UnmaskMyCity www.unmaskmycity.org ⠀ #AirPollution #WorldAsthmaDay #climatechange #everydayclimatechange #climateHealth #pollution #India #Chennai #Ennore #Ahmedabad #Fishing #Doctors #health #LightPainting #AirBeam #Wearables #datavis #datastorytelling #poland #warsaw #serbia #belgrade #turkey #adana #coal”

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Photo: REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol Caption: Torn and overlapping official posters of candidates for the 2017 French presidential election Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron are seen in Cambrai, France.

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