EAW Milestone: This Marks Our 15,000th Posting!
May 22, 2014
Environmentalists Against War
To mark the 15,000th posting on our website, we've assembled three videos depicting the impact of war over the centuries and one video that illustrates the spread of nuclear weapons since the last half of the 20th century. (Note: EAW has actually posted far more than 15,000 articles. This is because EAW postings sometimes include 2-4 related stories assembled under one headline.)
EAW Milestone: Our 15,000th Posted Story!
1000 Years of War in 5 Minutes
(October 22, 2008) -- This animation shows all important battles that took place over the last ten centuries. The sizes of the explosions and labels are proportional to the number of casualties. The data comes from the Wikipedia article, List of Battles. Most of the activity seems to happen in Europe, this is because the English Wikipedia was used. A future release of this video will merge Wikipedias in different languages to solve this geological bias. For the new project, please visit http://jordic.com/ffracer
A Time-Lapse Map of Every
Nuclear Explosion Since 1945
(October 24, 2010) -- Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto has created a beautiful, undeniably scary time-lapse map of the 2053 nuclear explosions which have taken place between 1945 and 1998, beginning with the Manhattan Project's "Trinity" test near Los Alamos and concluding with Pakistan's nuclear tests in May of 1998. This leaves out North Korea's two alleged nuclear tests in this past decade (the legitimacy of both of which is not 100% clear).
Each nation gets a blip and a flashing dot on the map whenever they detonate a nuclear weapon, with a running tally kept on the top and bottom bars of the screen.
Hashimoto, who began the project in 2003, says that he created it with the goal of showing "the fear and folly of nuclear weapons." It starts slow (if you want to see real action, skip ahead to 1962 or so) but the buildup becomes overwhelming. Born in Kumamoto prefecture, Japan in 1959, Hashimoto worked for 17 years in financial industry as a foreign exchange dealer. His is currently working for Lalique Museum, Hakone, Japan as a curator.
1000 Years of War Casualties in 3 Minutes
(June 11, 2011) -- This video animation offers a clear representation of war's impacts across the globe over the past 1000 years.