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Google Earth Engine Tracks Global Environmental Changes

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A new online technology from Google called Google Earth Engine allows scientists and www.tedxamsterdamed.nl researchers to track environmental changes by analyzing 25 years worth of images from the LANDSAT satellite, the longest continually orbiting satellite on earth.

The new project, which will be posted online for free, was introduced at the COP16 talks in Cancun last week and will include applications that monitor and measure deforestation, land use trends, water resources and more.  In honor of canadian rx cialis the cialis pills canadian conference's location, the first major creation of Google Earth Engine is the most comprehensive scale map of Mexico's forest and water resources to date.

Google officials touted the power of Google Earth Engine by saying that the amount of data processed in the Mexico map would have taken three years using a single computer, but only took one day with this new platform (1,000 computers in parallel processed more than 53,000 LANDSAT scenes from 1984 - 2010).

To kick-off the project's launch, the company is offering 20 million CPU hours free to cialis professional sale developing nations and scientific organizations to utilize this new tool.

The technology was developed by Google.org, the company's philanthropic arm, and according to Google officials, will show the canada viagra public how the earth is changing under a changing climate and hopefully drive public policy.

via Washington Post

 

 

Microsoft Hohm Gets First Utility Partner

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Microsoft announced on its blog recently that Seattle City Light will be the first utility to offer customers the ability to monitor their energy consumption with the Hohm application.  Customers who sign up for the service will receive automatic data feeds on their energy use through the online software.  All other users of the software can still enter their energy information manually.

Hohm's major competitor, Google's PowerMeter, has been partnered with a handful of utilities for a few months now, but recently, Google made their software available to users of the TED 3000 devices, allowing customers to skip their utility and natural female viagra get their energy use information directly.

As this is Microsoft's first full-fledged partnership for the application, it will be interesting to canadian generic levitra see if they answer Google's move and come out with their own gadget venture.

Hohm, from first impressions, appears to be a much slicker and comprehensive software than PowerMeter.  I'm excited to see how it performs when linked with its first utility.

via Microsoft Environment Blog

 

NREL Helps Green Building Designers with Updated Software

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One of canadian drug viagra soft the most important changes we can make in the fight against climate change is to make buildings more energy efficient both through retrofitting existing buildings and making new construction ultra-efficient.  Luckily, that task is click here levitra for women becoming easier for building designers.  The National Renewable Energy Laboratory released an updated plug-in for Google's SketchUp building modeling software this week, expanding the potential for architects and designers to implement green building features from the drawing board.

The OpenStudio plug-in brings more energy efficiency modeling tools to the cheepest cialis open-source software.  Designers can now easily determine the best window placement or solar panel positioning and because the plug-in is integrated with NREL's EnergyPlus software, the building's heating, cooling, lighting and ventiliation systems can all be simulated.

SketchUp also can pull data from Google Earth, allowing users to enter in the exact longitude and lowest levitra price latitude of the building location and see how landscape features can influence their design.  All of these tools will allow designers to keep energy efficiency in mind from the very beginning through the end of a project, meaning any inefficient designs can be cast off right away, saving time and money.

Ultimately, NREL would like OpenStudio to on line pharmacy also link in with construction-cost databases to factor in building costs and with the LEED certification program to allow designers to meet LEED standards even at the modeling stage.

The OpenStudio plug-in for SketchUp is now compatible with Windows 7, Linux and Snow Leopard.

via Earth2Tech

 

Microsoft Unveils Energy Management Software

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Google has been releasing information on their smart meter management software called PowerMeter little by little, but we've yet to see a fully-completed product.  Microsoft is hoping to steal some of their thunder by releasing a beta version of their energy management software, Hohm, this week and, at least appearance-wise, it has Google beat.

The web-based software allows users to monitor and control their energy use by logging into the Hohm website with their Windows Live ID and zip code.  Based on that information, the software makes estimates of their home energy use and allows the user to enter specific information by answering any or all of http://wffisher.com/buy-viagra-canada 180 questions, with each answer making the numbers more accurate.

So far the software is only available for use by a few utilities - Xcel Energy, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Seattle City Light and Puget Sound Energy - with more in line to start using it soon.  If you happen to online pharmacy cialis brand live in one of the areas serviced by the cialis without prescription list above, your energy use information will be even more comprehensive with historical data available from the utility.

The software will be smart meter-compatible as soon as any of its utility partners begin using them.

Eventually, the software will be used in connection with electric vehicle charging and amarragessansfrontieres.com grid demand management, but those more delux features will likely come with a price.  Microsoft has made clear that this software is a product like any other they've created and as it's further developed, cost will start being a factor.  For now, at least while it's in beta, the energy managment tool is free.

via Earth2Tech

 

Turning Dreary High Rises Into Walkable Urbanism



“Walkable urbanism” is a catch-all phrase that means many things. It means building developments, towns and cities that put pedestrians first, rather than cars. It means putting retail and office space within walking distance of residential space. It means developing mixed use land, something that has traditionally been avoided by real estate developers. It means replacing suburban sprawl with… real communities. It’s a good thing.

So it’s exciting to hear that the City of Toronto has big, walkable plans for the hundreds of dreary high rise towers that house many of its residents. Right now, these buildings are energy inefficient, and exist in empty plots of usefull link express cialis delivery land with little transportation and few businesses.

All that is about to change, though because the City plans on retrofitting the buildings with a slew of energy saving measures – improved insulation, better heating and cooling, solar panels, solar hot water… you name it. It’s estimated that these retrofits will cost a fraction of what it would cost to actually tear down the buildings and build new ones.

But besides the fact that the buildings are going to be new and sparkling green, the City is planning on www.toscanalifesciences.info making dynamic use of the previously bare, empty land around the high rises. They are bringing in businesses and thegracedarlinghotel.com.au farmer’s markets, putting in community gardens and open space, and even setting aside office space in some of the buildings themselves. And they plan on expanding their light rail also, to make these areas more connected.

When we think of the people most likely to bring about necessary green changes, we often think of energy companies or car companies. But let’s not forget that developers – and everyone else who plans how we use our space – can make an extraordinary amount of difference.

Via Inhabitat

 
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