Google Street View cars will map air pollution in cities worldwide

September 13, 2018 by  
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Air quality sensors are coming to a Google Street View car near you. The tech giant just announced plans to introduce sensors from a San Francisco company called Aclima that test air quality in cities and towns all across the globe. The Google Street View cars take photographs and incorporate them into Google Maps. Aclima is installing the air quality sensors in Google vehicles based in Mexico City, Houston and Sydney. The sensors will detect amounts of carbon dioxide , nitric oxide, carbon monoxide, ozone, particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide wherever the cars go. The goal is to map out where pollution is becoming a problem and inform users about which areas of towns and cities have the poorest air quality. Related: Google hits its incredible 100% renewable energy goal A few months ago, Aclima installed some air quality sensors in London to test whether or not they would work with Google’s vehicles. All of the company’s hard work paid off and directly led to the partnership and expansion. This is not the first time Aclima has worked with Google and its Street View division. In 2015, Aclima helped Google determine the air quality on the company’s campus in California . Aclima has also used the cars to test air quality around the Bay Area. Since collaborating with Aclima three years ago, Google’s cars have traveled about 100,000 miles in California. So far, the sensors have generated more than a billion points of data, a lot of which can be used to plan future urban development projects. For example, developers can use the data to pinpoint where pollution problems exist and build neighborhoods in places where the air quality is higher. Google plans to have the sensors installed in its fleet by the end of this fall. Google Earth Outreach manager Karin Bettman said, “These measurements can provide cities with new neighborhood-level insights to help accelerate efforts in their transition to smarter, healthier cities .” + Aclima + Google Via Tech Crunch , Fast Company Image via Aclima

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World’s smallest park was started by a guerilla gardener over 65 years ago

May 29, 2015 by  
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Vancouver will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy

April 13, 2015 by  
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Vancouver, Canada, has become the latest city to commit to running on 100 percent renewable energy. Following a City Council vote on March 26 in favor of making the switch, the city formally announced its commitment late last week at the ICLEI World Conference 2015 in Seoul, South Korea.  Vancouver  now joins a list of more than 50 cities worldwide that have pledged to run on 100 percent renewable energy , not only for their electricity needs, but for heating and cooling as well. Read the rest of Vancouver will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 100 percent renewable energy , 100% renewables , canada , Climate Change , Electricity , global warming , Green Cities , renewable energy , transport , vancouver , Vancouver to run on 100% renewable energy

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North West Bicester eco-town is the UK’s first zero carbon community

March 31, 2015 by  
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INFOGRAPHIC: Do You Live in One of America’s Most Eco-Friendly Cities?

June 10, 2014 by  
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From coast to coast, US cities are touting their latest and greatest environmental initiatives – but how do they rank in relation to each other? Upbeat recently crunched the numbers and launched a new infographic that ranks the top 10 greenest cities in terms of social and environmental factors. Did your city make the cut? Find out after the break! The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: Do You Live in One of America’s Most Eco-Friendly Cities? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Air quality , america’s most eco-friendly cities , Green Cities , green design sustainable design , Greenest City , infographic , most sustainable city , renewable energy , sustainable cities , Urban design , US green city , water issues

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Green Cities Can Help Sustain the Future

March 21, 2014 by  
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People around the world are moving to urban areas in record numbers – and for the first time ever there’s more people living in cities than in rural areas. This trend is only set to accelerate, so it’s high time to develop solutions to make our cities more sustainable. CityTownInfo just launched a new infographic that shows how greener cities can pave the way to a sustainable future – check it out after the break. The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: How Green Cities Can Help Sustain the Future Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: CityTownInfo , global development , Green Building , Green Cities , green design , infographic , infrastructure , Sustainable Building , sustainable cities , sustainable design , Urban design , urban development , Urban Environment        

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World’s Greenest Cities Recognized at UN Climate Talks in Warsaw

November 22, 2013 by  
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Some of the world’s most sustainable cities have been given special recognition at the UN climate talks underway in Warsaw . Vancouver, Cape Town, and Abu Dhabi are the winners of the World Green Building Council’s Government Leadership Awards (a competition held in partnership with ICLEI and UN-HABITAT ) which this year focused on Global Excellence in Local Green Building Policy. Each winning city has been noted for policies and practices that maximize opportunities for builders and developers to mitigate their environmental impact. Take a look after the jump at what makes these three cities so special. Read the rest of World’s Greenest Cities Recognized at UN Climate Talks in Warsaw Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , abu dhabi , Cape Town , COP-19 , energy reduction , Green Cities , green cities around the world , green design , ICLEI , sustainable cities , un habitat , vancouver , Warsaw climate talks , World Green Building Council's Government Leadership Awards , world’s greenest cities        

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World’s First Two-Seat Electric Helicopter Successfully Completes Maiden Flight

November 22, 2013 by  
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The world’s first two-seat electric helicopter completed its first flight inside a German hangar on November 17, 2013. The Volocopter designed by e-volo and named VC200 performed a flight that lasted several minutes and reached a height of nearly 22 meters. This emission-free aircraft is a multicopter which can hover and glide by changing the thrust and torque produced by each of the numerous blades arranged in an array as a substitute for the conventional two blades. Read the rest of World’s First Two-Seat Electric Helicopter Successfully Completes Maiden Flight Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: all electric aircraft , e-Volo , electric aircraft , electric helicopter completes maiden flight , German electric aircrafts , green transportation , helicopter design , manned electric helicopters , multicopters , Two-Seat Electric Helicopter , VC200 multicopter , Volocopter , world’s first two seat electric helicopter        

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Lucky Drops is a Lantern-Like Japanese Micro Home That Glows From Within

July 19, 2012 by  
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Patrick Kerti’s Shezloan Chaise Longue is Upholstered with Recycled Bicycle Inner Tubes

July 19, 2012 by  
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We recently showed you some great upcycled products by Patrick Kerti ‘s Berlin studio Showraum, including a cute expresso coffee maker-lamp , a coat hanger from old typewriter keys and a recycled cardboard lamp. Showraum’s latest project, Shezloan, is a stylish modular sofa completely made from repurposed materials. Designed by Patrick & Regitze Kerti, Shezloan uses reclaimed wooden floorboards for the structure and is completely upholstered with bicycle inner tubes! Read the rest of Patrick Kerti’s Shezloan Chaise Longue is Upholstered with Recycled Bicycle Inner Tubes Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , berlin , bicycle inner tube , green products , Patrick Kerti , Recycled Materials , recycled tyres , Showraum

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