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October 22, 2013 | 0 comments

In the event of future emergencies that may strike San Francisco, the city plans to launch a new online crisis map with real-time displays of affected areas so residents can respond appropriately. The map, dubbed Crisis Mode, is currently running live in conjunction with SF72 – a new open source digital platform that provides online resources and updates for emergency preparedness – and was developed by Google.org, the search engine's charitable arm. In the event of a city emergency, the crisis map becomes the home page of SF72:
http://www.emergencymgmt.com/disaster/Google-San-Francisco-Crisis-Map.html

October 22, 2013 | 0 comments

Researchers at the non-profit Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO) have created a new design for an organic solar cell that retains good efficiency while being flexible, thin, and almost completely transparent. Put together, these characteristics may make the cells an ideal candidate for building-integrated photovoltaics: http://www.gizmag.com/transparent-organic-solar-cell/29493/

October 22, 2013 | 0 comments

Connected to the rest of the world by bridges and tunnels, stores in the New York Citry have been rendered stockless during numerous blackouts, storms and other emergencies when trucks simply couldn’t get into the city. The Atlantic recently shed light on this known danger and how it could be rectified with the introduction of more local food production:
http://www.theatlanticcities.com/politics/2013/10/new-yorks-looming-food...

October 17, 2013 | 0 comments

A team from the University of Cambridge is attempting to mimic a natural process perfected over billions of years to create ‘green transport fuel’. The team is capturing solar energy through artificial photosynthetic systems and combining it with water and air to brew up the next generation of clean gasoline. Using solar energy to separate the elements that make up water and carbon dioxide (CO2), the Cambridge team is able to create synthetic gas, or syngas, which consists of energy-rich hydrogen and carbon monoxide. This gas combination is then converted into liquid hydrocarbons such as petroleum through an established industrial process. “Syngas has been made successfully at an industrial level for decades by the petrochemical industry for the production of pharmaceuticals, plastics and fertilisers,” explained Reisner, who leads the Christian Doppler Laboratory in the Department of Chemistry, “but it requires fossil fuels to make syngas, thereby depleting our natural reserves and producing the greenhouse gas CO2 as a by-product. It’s therefore neither renewable nor clean. The process we are developing is sustainable because it uses sunlight-driven water splitting and takes carbon from the atmosphere only to return it when the syngas is used for the release of energy.” More at http://inhabitat.com/cambridge-scientists-are-brewing-green-gasoline-fro...

October 17, 2013 | 0 comments

A group of researchers at the University of Hawaii has done the math to figure out exactly how soon different world cities can expect to feel major changes in their average climate. The earliest effects are going to be seen in Manokwari, the capitol of West Papua, Indonesia. Temperatures are going to start rising in a major way in just a few short years, in 2020. Jakarta and Lago aren’t far behind. Mexico City will feel the heat next in 2031, followed by Bogota, Cairo, Bagdad, and Nairobi in 2036. Major changes won’t come to the US until the 2040s, with increased temperatures in New York and San Francisco. Other major world cities like Rome, Tokyo, and Beijing will also start to shift at about the same time: http://inhabitat.com/researchers-predict-when-earths-major-cities-will-f...