Sparkly clean floating river pool proposed for Australia’s polluted Yarra River

May 27, 2016 by  
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Waterway pools have been gaining popularity around the world. From New York City’s proposed floating + POOL to river pools already built in Zurich, Berlin, and Paris, people are working around the fact that many city rivers are polluted . One such waterway is the Yarra River in Melbourne, Australia. Non-profit Yarra Swim Co. is working to make the river ‘swimmable’ once more, and one way they’re pursuing those goals is by working with Arup to develop a Yarra Pool . According to Yarra Riverkeeper Andrew Kelly, typically the only people right now that swim in the Yarra are drunk foreigners . Once home to one of the largest swimming competitions in the world, The Three Mile Yarra Swim, the river has been polluted for decades. One of Yarra Swim Co.’s initial goals was to clean up the river so they could bring back The Three Mile Yarra Swim. Their Melbourne river pool could help change public opinion of the river. Related: New Plans Unveiled for Floating Freshwater Pools in the River Thames Environmental scientist Michael O’Neill said of the Yarra Pools idea , “This project builds on decades of work to return the Yarra back to the people. We dine, ride, run, and row along the Yarra. Now it’s time to get back in.” Not only would a pool provide a clean place to swim, but Arup and Yarra Swim Co. are looking into ways to filter the surrounding water so it can actually be used in the pool. Arup reports that a patent is pending for that technology. In Australian dollars, the pool could cost between $6 and $8 million . Crowdfunding could help fund the pool, as could sponsorship or grants. Yarra Swim Co. President Matt Stewart said the pool could be open for swimming in 2019 or 2020 . + Yarra Pools Images via Arup and Wikimedia Commons

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Foster + Partners’ Droneport will launch aerial vehicles to deliver medical supplies in Africa

May 27, 2016 by  
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Hundreds of thousands of Africans die every year from malaria and sickle cell disease due to a lack of access to medical supplies and aid. Poor transportation infrastructure poses one of the biggest obstacles to aid distribution. Many Africans live in remote areas and only a third of the population live within two kilometers of an all-season road. However, cargo drone routes can surmount these challenges by navigating airspace, rather than the ground, and can carry blood and life-saving supplies over a 100-kilometer distance at minimal cost. The project will run on two parallel networks: a Redline that uses smaller drones for medical and emergency supplies; and the commercial Blueline to transport larger payloads, such as spare parts, electronics, and e-commerce. The Blueline proceeds would help subsidize the Redline network. The project will initially deploy 3-meter wingspan drones capable of carrying payloads of 10 kilograms. Drones with 6-meter wingspans, capable of carrying payloads of 100 kilograms, will be deployed by 2025. Related: 6 ways people are using aerial drones for good Created with a minimal ground footprint, the Droneport’s modular vaulted building will be made from local materials like brick and boulders and is designed so that multiple vaults can be joined together for easy expansion. The pilot project is located in Rwanda and will begin in 2016. Once the three initial buildings are completed in 2020, the system will be able to send supplies to 44 percent of Rwanda. Foster + Partners hopes to see the growth of Droneports across Africa to service and save thousands more lives. “The Droneport project is about doing ‘more with less’, capitalising on the recent advancements in drone technology – something that is usually associated with war and hostilities – to make an immediate life-saving impact in Africa,” says Lord Foster, Chairman and Founder of Foster + Partners. “Rwanda’s challenging geographical and social landscape makes it an ideal test-bed for the Droneport project. This project can have massive impact through the century and save lives immediately.” + Foster + Partners Images via Foster + Partners

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Donald Trump vows to nix Paris climate deal and pave way for Keystone XL pipeline

May 27, 2016 by  
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This week, Donald Trump became the presumed Republican nominee in the race to the White House, and almost immediately outlined an energy plan that could radically change the course of history . Speaking at an oil and natural gas conference in North Dakota on Thursday, Trump promised to withdraw the U.S. from the COP21 climate agreement , open up Atlantic offshore oil drilling, and welcome the construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline . Effectively, Trump would reverse many key decisions made in recent years to protect the environment, and invite destruction, all in the pursuit of profit. Embed from Getty Images Trump’s energy policy was shaped largely by the advice of Kevin Cramer, a U.S. representative from North Dakota, who addressed the crowd before Trump took the stage, along with oil tycoon Harold Hamm. The presidential hopeful also cozied up to Hamm during his speech, whose advice also contributed to his hazardous energy policy. Trump, a longtime believer that manmade climate change is a “hoax,” didn’t mention those feelings in his speech, but he didn’t have to. Related: Trump taps climate denier, fossil fuels advocate as energy adviser With regard to the COP21 climate deal, Trump promised to reverse President Obama’s commitment, saying instead that he will only work with “environmentalists whose only agenda is protecting nature” and to “focus on real environmental challenges, not the phony ones.” Those comments make it clear that Trump distrusts the mounting scientific evidence about the human origins of climate change , as well as the goals agreed on by 195 national leaders from around the globe. Via The Guardian Images via Donald J. Trump/Facebook

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M2M technology keeps Yarra Trams on track

October 29, 2013 by  
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Sensors, analytics are optimizing operations across Melbourne's 100-year-old public transportation system.

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