By Elia Griffin

This week was National Eating Disorder Awareness week and for the first time since I have started my journey to body neutrality, self acceptance and the battle to stay clean, I am ready to talk about it. These are the words I have been struggling to say for the past seven years.

[TW: eating disorder thoughts and behaviors]

I never made the decision to have an eating disorder. It was as if I slowly got pulled into a black hole that was sitting outside of my peripheral view, and when I realized where I was and what…


By Elia Griffin

In the United States, there are over 122,000 children waiting to be adopted and over 420,000 children being served in the U.S. foster care system. These children come from diverse backgrounds, family life, and living circumstances, but all hold in common the yearning to find a family that loves and cares for them.

In 2018, children between one and five years old made up the largest age group in the U.S. foster care system. The smallest group are children less than a year old. In general, infants are more sought after for adoption.

National Trends

From 2014 to…


I looked at the air quality in one week in January of this year on the (19–25th). I chose these dates specifically because in the dataset that I am using, there were a few air quality testing sites that did not record data for some days. This week in January probably felt like a normal week, before the pandemic really hit New York City and the city became sicker.

When I walk around NYC something that bothers me is the exhaust and fumes from cars, trucks, construction, and industry. Nasty, chemically smelling gases just swirling around in the air, it…


Weather in Takoma Park, Maryland from October 19 to 26.

I looked at the hourly temperature of my hometown in Maryland over the past week. I was really surprised to see that there was a few days where the temperature was almost 80ºF, in October. It definitely concerns me that the temperature is so warm in Maryland right now, and deep down I know that this is a small sign of climate change.

I really like using color and gradients to visualize data because I think color is so important in telling a story and evoking emotion. By using the…


By Elia Griffin

For this midterm I wanted to take a more solutions-based approach to thinking about climate because it can be easy to feel hopeless and anxious when discussing the climate crisis. Instead of looking to the ugly that is going on, in terms of climate — EPA regulation rollbacks, Donald Trump, greenhouse gas emissions, wildfires, drought, sea level rise, oil spills, glacier melt, eco system collapse— I looked at renewable energy, the future of our planet’s energy system.

Renewable energy comes from energy sources like the sun, wind, ocean tides, waves, organic materials (biomass), and geothermal heat. What…


Looking at the total number of greenhouse gas that a country emits per year is an essential point of view when considering renewable energy for the future. There are other greenhouse gases aside from carbon dioxide, CO2, that are emitted by fossil fuel combustion; like methane, nitrous oxide, ozone, and water vapor. These gases are not only harmful to breath in, they also have a higher global warming potential than CO2, meaning, in comparison to CO2, these other greenhouse gases have a higher potential to absorb heat radiation. Greenhouse gases are really good at absorbing heat, which is really bad…


For this chart I looked at renewable electricity, which is the share of electricity generated by renewable power plants in total electricity generated by all types of plants. Renewable electricity can be produced by solar energy, wind energy, hydropower, and biofuels and have a significantly smaller Carbon Dioxide emissions. Transitioning the world — yes, the whole world — to renewable energy is probably the only foreseeable solutions to climate change that I can see within my lifespan (I’m 20, born in 2000). It is so important for us to see what renewable energy output looks like now and what to expect from renewable energy in the future — when we will need in most.

This dataset is from 1990 to 2015 (every 5 years):


Sustainability Development Goal (SDG) 9.4: “by 2030 upgrade infrastructure and retrofit industries to make them sustainable, with increased resource use efficiency and greater adoption of clean and environmentally sound technologies and industrial processes, all countries taking action in accordance with their respective capabilities.”

In 2012 the UN launched the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, which set targets for countries to aim towards in order to become a more sustainable society and support sustainable development. Four years later in 2016, the Paris climate agreement was the next big global accord among countries to try their best to steer the world off the…


Journalism Handbook:

A key takeaway from this article is that cleaning your data and sifting through the numbers (even though it may be boring) is of utmost importance. A good and quick way to “clean up” your data is by creating frequency tables of categorical values. We don’t want to assume that the data given to us is the end of the story because there may be, and there usually are, questions left unanswered or up in the air that we should be aware of.

Cleaner, Smarter Handbooks:

Contrary to popular belief, the formulas for Excel/spreadsheets are not the most…

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