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Transportation investments for more walking & riding could save thousands of lives and $billions!
Big new idea - encourage walking and bike riding - recent Boston study finds investments in infrastructure to promote bicycling and walking could save as many as 770 lives and $7.6 billion each year across 12 northeastern states and the District of Columbia under the proposed Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) - extrapolated to many world cities means many thousands of healthier lives, many $billions saved & a cleaner planet: https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/c-change/news/transportation-infrastructure-investments-could-save-hundreds-of-lives-billions-of-dollars/
9 February 2021 by Jeremy Wright
 
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World-first domestic Hydrogen battery
An Australian technology & lifestyle company launched in October 2020, has now developed a range of hydrogen-powered domestic products, including the world-first domestic hydrogen battery. The LAVO is the first commercial-ready hydrogen energy storage system, being developed in partnership with the University of NSW and Professor Francois Aguey-Zinsou (pictured), Chief Scientist at the UNSW Hydrogen Energy Research Centre. LAVO’s innovative technology provides a more complete, versatile and sustainable solution than other energy storage solutions on the market. LAVO™ Hydrogen Energy Storage System | Design + Industry (design-industry.com.au) LAVO Storage - Store over 40kWh of power for your home
27 January 2021 by Jeremy Wright
 
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Turning storm data into sounds
We've all seen weather maps showing moving storm cells. But have we ever heard them?Using an OpenSource program call SuperCollider, researchers at Penn State started to sonify hurricane data. They discovered changes in hurricanes, not easily shown visually, can be quickly identified once the data is turned into sound. Turns out our ears are quicker and better at following multiple patterns simultaneously.The researchers hope this might help save lives during big storms, but also think sonification of complex data sets, can & should, play a more important role in science, technology, engineering and maths. https://theconversation.com/turning-hurricanes-into-music-can
23 January 2021 by Kylie Hargrea...
 
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The New Climate War - by Michael E Mann
"Skillfully explains the complicated dynamics of global warming and vividly portrays the sophisticated and coordinated campaign by polluters to block the policies and solutions needed to solve the climate crisis" - Al Gore"Provides hope and a roadmap for all of us to address the systematic issues fueling climate change, and shows us how we can wage a new war, in the fight for our future" - Leonardo DiCaprioTrailer featured on twitter: https://twitter.com/i/status/1339589967467540481Publication available in Australia in February.
21 January 2021 by Jeremy Wright
 
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Real Time Monitoring of Bee-Hive Wellbeing
This ApisProtect sensor is placed in the hive and continuously monitors the temperature, humidity, bee movement and sound levels inside. The data is transmitted to a base station, and onto a cloud-based server. There, it's analyzed utilizing machine learning  – based on data gathered from hundreds of hives over a three-year period. Utilizing an online dashboard, beekeepers can check on their processed hive data. Additionally, if the system determines that problems such as disease or pest infestations may be occurring in one or more of the hives, users are notified immediately via a smartphone alert. https://newatlas.com/good-thinking/apisprotect-beehive-monitoring/
11 December 2020 by Jeremy Wright
 
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Net-Zero Emissions from Practical, Scalable and Commercially Viable Technologies
Scott Morrison is correct to focus on moving the focus to ‘solutions versus empty gestures’ in addressing the net-zero emissions challenge. However, his ambitions need a time dynamic to give transparency to “how much of what by when” is to be achieved so that likely climate change impacts can be estimated, and coping strategies developed and actioned.    … “with the main question being not “if or when” but “how”. Morrison said Australia wants decisions based around “practical, scalable and commercially viable technologies, not economy destroying taxes”.”   PAUL KELLY The Australian 28/11/20
30 November 2020 by Glenn Barnes
 
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