Google’s Project Sunroof spreads to potentially reach 43 million rooftops

May 24, 2016 by  
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Last year tech giant Google introduced Project Sunroof, a service that allows homeowners to search for their rooftop to see if their home is right for solar. Users can also use the service to connect with local solar providers. Google initially launched in just three cities, but as of last month the service is available in 42 states, reaching potentially 43 million roofs. Project Sunroof synergizes with Google Earth, using the aerial images the company already has. The service offers…

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Holey Frack: Utah is Starting to Look Like Swiss Cheese

August 30, 2013 by  
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Read the rest of Holey Frack: Utah is Starting to Look Like Swiss Cheese Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: earthquakes , environmental distruction , fracking , google earth , green house gas , hydraulic fracking , methane , natural gas , oil , renewable energy , Utah , waste pools        

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Ventus: The Computer Game that Uses Crowd-Sourced Info to Map Global CO2 Emissions

May 20, 2013 by  
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While not everyone can become a full-time climate activist, it is still possible to contribute to the battle against global warming. Researchers from Arizona State University have created an online computer game called Ventus that serves as a repository that maps the world’s CO2 emissions from power plants. Led by Kevin Gurney, the program allows those living near generation sites to enter the name and location of the facilities along with how much and what type of fuel is used, the amount of electricity generated, and overall CO2 released into the atmosphere. Read the rest of Ventus: The Computer Game that Uses Crowd-Sourced Info to Map Global CO2 Emissions Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Arizona State University , china , CO2 , computer game , crowdsourcing , data , emissions , fossil fuels , global warming , google earth , India , kevin gurney , michael m. crow , power plants , ventus        

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Romanian Teen Designs Autonomous Car System that Would Cost Just $4,000

May 20, 2013 by  
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Many great minds at companies like Google and Tesla have been laboring towards creating a self-driving car system. Millions of dollars have gone into the research, resulting in expensive prototypes and costly components. Nineteen-year-old Romanian student  Ionut Budisteanu took the top prize at the  Intel International Science and Engineering Fair  for developing an autonomous system that would only cost $4,000 and safely guide a car through the streets. Read the rest of Romanian Teen Designs Autonomous Car System that Would Cost Just $4,000 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: artificial intelligence , autonomous driving system , Google , intel international science and engineering fair , ionut budisteanu , radar , romania , safety , self-driving , teenager , tesla , vehicle        

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Eighteen-Year-Old Invents Device That Can Charge Your Cell Phone in 20 Seconds

May 20, 2013 by  
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It’s hard enough being tied to your cell phone without having to worry about getting the “Low Battery Icon of Death” right in the middle of an important task – and charging up via wall outlets takes forever. Eesha Khare of Saratoga, California has invented a device that could wipe away battery bothers with a supercapacitor that can charge your phone in 20 seconds. Her research won her a $50,000 prize in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair . Read the rest of Eighteen-Year-Old Invents Device That Can Charge Your Cell Phone in 20 Seconds Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Arizona , battery , California , cell phone , charger , eesha khare , intel international science and engineering fair , led light , phoenix , saratoga , supercapacitor , tesla , young scientist award        

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Data From Google Earth Helps to Uncover Chicago’s Hidden Urban Farms

January 16, 2013 by  
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Google Earth has already been helpful in such endeavors as monitoring the destruction of the Amazon rainforest and determining the location of landmines. Now, advocates of urban agriculture are using the technology to help identify and catalog food-producing areas in Chicago. Previous attempts at recording the plots of land at ground level were often difficult and inaccurate. When Sarah Taylor Lovell’s lab from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign at first tried to verify over 1,200 community garden projects, they found that only 13 per cent were places that actually grew food. After intrepid student John Taylor spent nearly 400 hours pouring over Google Earth in 2010, he discovered 4,648 production sites covering 65 acres. Personal visits to the sites confirmed that 86 per cent were viable horticultural hotspots. Taylor’s data from 2010 was recently published in the journal Landscape and Urban Planning . His information is also helping Chicago Urban Agriculture Mapping Project (CUAMP) sponsored by Advocates for Urban Agriculture to find, monitor, and represent community gardens and private food producers. Guided by Taylor’s map, the CUAMP will start the pilot phase of their project within the next couple of weeks. They hope to eventually calculate the total harvest of all of the plots. With this information, they will be able to better connect farmers and local suppliers, farm stands with markets and restaurants, and community members with one another. Establishing these relationships may also be one of the few ways that urban areas can combat food deserts and introduce the only available supplies of fresh produce. “It’s all part of one big thing … increasing local food production,” Billy Burdett of Advocates for Urban Agriculture told NPR . Urban agriculture “in a lot of cases is the best and even only option for folks to have access to healthy, locally grown food.” A 2012 review of Google earth data saw a 50 percent jump in the number of Chicago community gardens from the last examination, a development that will surely keep the researchers busy for some time to come. + Advocates for Urban Agriculture Via NPR

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The Online CARMA Database Monitors CO2 Emissions for the World’s 60,000 Power Plants

October 12, 2012 by  
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Climate change is a world-wide problem, spanning nations, time zones and environments. Challenges of such a massive scale demand a powerful and comprehensive means through which to observe, collect, and process a huge amount of data. Created by the Center for Global Development , the Carbon Monitoring for Action (CARMA) is a web-based program that keeps tabs on the greenhouse gas emissions of over 60,000 plants across the globe. Read the rest of The Online CARMA Database Monitors CO2 Emissions for the World’s 60,000 Power Plants Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: carbon monitoring for action , carma , center for global development , Climate Change , CO2 , david wheeler , google earth , greenhouse gas , kevin ummel , landsat , scientific american , washington d.c. , world bank

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Congo Seeks $2.6 Billion To Replant Its Forests

August 5, 2011 by  
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image: Google Earth Brazil and Indonesia get most of the public attention when it comes to deforestation, but the issue is also huge in parts of Africa. Now the Republic of the Congo (not to be confused with its much larger neighbor, the Democratic Republic of the Congo) wants to do something about that and hopes to raise $2.6 billion to replant parts of the second large forest in the world over the next 10 years…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Earth Day Round Up: A Billion Acts of Green | Ethical Consumption

April 22, 2011 by  
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Google Earth Day 2011 Doodle This movement prompted the passage of groundbreaking laws such as the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act. According to The Earth Day Network more than 1 billion people participate annually in Earth Day activities, making it the largest civic observance in the world. The Earth Day Network works with over 22,000 partners in 192 countries to spread its green message

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Google Earth Tour Illustrates How Our Oceans Are Acidifying (Video)

November 30, 2010 by  
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Image via Oceana The process of ocean acidification can be a confusing one. Exactly how does the carbon dioxide in our atmosphere change the pH balance in the oceans, and what kinds of issues does it cause? Oceana has created an excellent tour via Google Earth that illustrates the process

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