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    technologies not just for cutting down carbon emissions but also for saving money writes b Srikanth R P b Besides Related topics regions Infrastructure ICTs Emissions EU launches online pollution tracker People across European Union will now be able to check the quality of air with the new online pollution tracker Launched this week it will provide data on Related topics regions EU Emissions Internet Heating the planet to cool the server room Escalating energy demands to power more computer hardware keep data centres chilled stream videos use social networking are creating massive environmental Related topics regions Copenhagen Emissions Access to knowledge Internet ICTs can aid in cutting global greenhouse emissions A new report by the Boston Consulting Group BCG says increased use of ICTs could cut global greenhouse gas GHG emissions by 16 5 per cent Related topics regions ICTs Emissions Digital New ICT index to reduce emissions International Development Corporation s newly launched ICT Sustainability Index will guide nations in effectively meeting internal and international emission Related topics regions Climate Change ICTs Emissions Investments Widgets for green computing Google and Hewlett Packard are providing widgets that will help to cut computing carbon footprint By installing these new softwares

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/search?Subject%3Alist=Emissions (2016-02-17)
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    energy is used to heat up a substance that produces steam to turn a turbine Mirrors focus the sun s rays on the heated substance The company has pushed ahead in addressing climate change issues Weihl said Google is looking to cut the cost of making heliostats the fields of mirrors that have to track the sun by at least a factor of two ideally a factor of three or four Typically what we re seeing is 2 50 to 4 a watt for capital cost Weihl said So a 250 megawatt installation would be 600 million to a 1 billion It s a lot of money That works out to 12 to 18 cents a kilowatt hour Google hopes to have a viable technology to show internally in a couple of months Weihl said It will need to do accelerated testing to show the impact of decades of wear on the new mirrors in desert conditions We re not there yet he said I m very hopeful we will have mirrors that are cheaper than what companies in the space are using Another technology that Google is working on is gas turbines that would run on solar power rather than natural gas an idea that has the potential of further cutting the cost of electricity Weihl said In two to three years we could be demonstrating a significant scale pilot system that would generate a lot of power and would be clearly mass manufacturable at a cost that would give us a levelized cost of electricity that would be in the 5 cents or sub 5 cents a kilowatt hour range Weihl said Promoting solar energy Google is invested in two solar thermal companies eSolar and BrightSolar but is not working with these companies in developing the cheaper mirrors

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/spotlight/googles-new-mirrors-to-generate-cheap-solar-power/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    an important role in achieving this objective ESA has been working closely with the UNCCD secretariat for nearly 10 years developing and demonstrating innovative information services based on satellite Earth observation EO technologies that allow land degradation processes to be monitored over time ESA launched a large pilot project called DesertWatch to develop a set of land degradation indicators Monitoring desertification land degradation and droughts requires the continuous evaluation of a complex set of parameters and indicators some of which can be retrieved with EO technologies and state of the art geo spatial applications For instance the status of land cover one of the 11 indicators defined by COP can be monitored from space In 2004 ESA launched a large pilot project called DesertWatch to develop a set of land degradation indicators based principally on land surface parameters retrieved from satellite observations These indicators were developed with the support of Italy Portugal and Turkey three of the European countries mostly affected by desertification DesertWatch also helped these countries fulfil their UNCCD reporting requirements by combining satellite data with weather and in situ data numerical models and geo information systems to create standardised geo information products ESA recently extended the project so that its methodology may be adapted and put to wider use To demonstrate its applicability the methodology will be applied to arid and semi arid areas in Portugal Brazil and Mozambique According to the UNCCD soil moisture is another key parameter that should be monitored because it is an indicator of water scarcity and vegetation stress Soil moisture data can also be used for assessing drought risk The ESA backed SHARE Soil Moisture for Hydrometeorological Applications in the Southern African Development Community Region project has developed a pre operational soil moisture monitoring service with the long term goal of

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/spotlight/satellite-data-key-to-combating-desertification/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    are already being hit grievously by climate change says Peter Armstrong the BAFTA winning originator and executive producer of the live internet channel Copenhagen 24 7 will provide everyone with a free pass right to the heart of the conference And that applies to the tens of thousands of people planning to come to Copenhagen who will find it difficult to get close to the central debates as well as to the people who elect to stay at home saving carbon cash and themselves from the Copenhagen cold The second unusual feature of OneClimate net s livestream is that it has held back on broadcasting its own material and instead opened up almost the whole of its schedule to distributing the best content from multiple sources all day every day OneClimate net has always been in the business of producing free digital spaces and tools for amplifying the voices of thousands of climate action groups around the world and its new interactive TV channel is based on the same philosophy The result of this openness is that the new channel has rapidly attracted a range of partners from all over the world with compelling content from political analysis by the most influential international NGO coalitions like the Climate Action Network TCKTCKTCK and 350 org to satirical content like the Fossil of the Day and Ray of the Day which give the thumbs down or up each evening to the nations that have been least and most constructive in that day s negotiations or the fun serious Stupid Show modeled on Jon Stewart s The Daily Show In brief viewers will be offered three kinds of content Breaking stories from the press conferences to the protests hour by hour all day every day as the summit unfolds The lowdown a free

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/spotlight/copenhagen-24-7-an-interactive-tv-livestream-launched/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    promises and proposals on combating climate change thanks to a new online tool launched today by the United Nations Environment Programme UNEP Image credits UN News The tracking system currently lists the pledges and proposals from 25 countries The Climate Pledge Tracker was launched today in Copenhagen Denmark where nations are currently meeting with the aim of agreeing on an ambitious new agreement The new programme will be updated as new proposals are made in the Danish capital and it compares and consolidates all pledges made to date with the goal of keeping global temperature rise at or under 2 degrees centigrade from pre industrial levels The Nobel Peace Prize winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change IPCC has found that to stave off the worst effects of climate change industrialised countries must slash greenhouse gas emissions by 25 to 40 from 1990 levels by 2020 and that global emissions must be halved by 2050 With this tracker everyone within the Copenhagen conference and beyond can from their office or living room monitor the ambition of governments to seal a convincing deal by 18 December when the gathering is set to end according to Achim Steiner UNEP Executive Director The tracking

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/spotlight/tracking-climate-promises/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    masses in India India s Tata Group has launched a compact energy efficient water purifier i Tata Swachh i that can save millions of lives from waterborne diseases It uses Related topics regions Water and Sanitation Maldives to get early warning alerts via SMS Facing increased threats triggered by climate change Maldives will soon receive text based early warning alerts for disasters Cell broadcasting a technology Related topics regions Disaster

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/search?b_start:int=30&Subject:list=Climate%20Change (2016-02-17)
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    thousands of pleas for rescue Unfortunately humanitarian field staff had neither tools nor capacity to listen to the new flow of requests arriving directly from the Haitian citizens When humanitarian staff arrived in Haiti a lot of the baseline paper based data about schools and hospitals was missing as much of it remained trapped in the collapsed government and UN buildings said Adele Waugaman senior director of Technology Partnership at the UN Foundation This meant that the deployed humanitarian staff had to build rescue and relief efforts largely in the absence of information about available resources she added Humanitarian actors Waugaman said faced with a devasted infrastructure and few records still needed to handle and analyze huge amounts of information Distributed networks of volunteers and crowd sourcing could support more efficient relief efforts by filling some of those gaps Volunteer communities Image credits David Swanson IRIN The report calls for a physical space where humanitarians and volunteer communities can meet During the Haiti emergency thousands of ordinary people worldwide volunteered to collect translate and plot rescue and aid pleas on maps and organize other technical efforts to support disaster response The result was a new dynamic of volunteer and technical communities which began to aggregate geolocate and prioritize incoming messages from various media In the most successful cases they were able to guide search and rescue teams on the ground The volunteer and technical communities made us think how we should change our work They have a system where they can open an application programming interface that enables a computer to reach into the system pull out data push that data back and enables a faster more efficient and much more standardized exchange of data Crowley said This worked much better than those trying to create spreadsheets build bullet points

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/information-sharing-vital-for-emergency-response/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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    To help Indian scientists analyse and interpret the satellite images a supercomputer will also be provided as per a new agreement The US will provide India with advanced satellite data to predict and track the monsoons with a greater degree of certainty thus reducing chances of economic dislocation and loss of lives as a result of floods and droughts The US has agreed to provide India with imagery from its satellites on weather patterns over the Indian Ocean and the subcontinent that will allow scientists to predict rainfall 15 days in advance At present Indian scientists can predict the monsoons only one and a half days in advance It will also supply India a supercomputer that can analyse and interpret the satellite images The Planning Commission on Thursday agreed to provide funds to the Department of Earth Sciences to buy the super computer The exact amount will be decided after the department makes a detailed presentation on financial requirements Climate change has made weather forecasts difficult for the Indian Meteorological Department Unpredictable monsoons can cause losses of 1 1 5 of Indian GDP In absolute terms this ranges between Rs 40 000 crore and Rs 75 000 crore Once the systems are in place we will have a capacity to predict monsoon region wise quite correctly 15 days in advance said a senior Planning Commission official The fine print of the data sharing agreement was worked out recently at a meeting of a joint committee of scientists from the two countries A study by G N Goswami director of Pune based Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology had found between 1901 and 2004 the predictability of the monsoons has fallen from three days to one and a half days This is because of higher frequency of extreme weather conditions and increased

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/us-technology-to-help-india-chase-monsoon/?searchterm=None (2016-02-17)
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