Times of India: ‘Use Google Maps to combat traffic’. “The National Green Tribunal directed Delhi Traffic Police to evolve a mechanism to refer to Google Maps for taking prompt remedial and preventive steps at places witnessing traffic jams.”
The Atlantic: How a Feel-Good AI Story Went Wrong in Flint. “More than a thousand days after the water problems in Flint, Michigan, became national news, thousands of homes in the city still have lead pipes, from which the toxic metal can leach into the water supply. To remedy the problem, the lead pipes need to be replaced with safer, copper ones. That sounds straightforward, but it is a challenge to figure out which homes have lead pipes in the first place. The City’s records are incomplete and inaccurate. And digging up all the pipes would be costly and time-consuming. That’s just the kind of problem that automation is supposed to help solve.”
Eno Center for Transportation: 2018 Transportation Ballot Measure Database Now Available. “With the 2018 elections quickly approaching, the Eno Center for Transportation released on Tuesday a database of transportation-related measures that will appear before voters this year. Eno also released a five-episode podcast series, ‘Transportation at the Ballot Box,’ featuring interviews with experts discussing details of several key measures.”
Moving History: Digital Archive of Traffic Quarterly/Transportation Quarterly. “From 1957 to 2003, the Eno Center for Transportation published a quarterly academic journal. All of these journals have been placed into a public, digital archive, and are available at this link.” I don’t know how new this is.
Energy Post: A blacklist of the world’s top 120 coal plant developers. “Nearly 1,400 new coal power plant developments are planned or under construction in 59 countries that would add 33% to coal power capacity. But the risks of investing in such projects are growing, and many banks and investors are looking to move away from coal. To help them, non-governmental organisation Urgewald has created a database of the world’s top 120 coal plant developers, says Kathy Hipple of the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis.”
Thames Water: New 150-year digital archive captures growth of London. “Thousands of never-before-seen images documenting Thames Water’s past and the growth of London are now available to the public after a mammoth archiving project. The historic photographs of iconic and critical sites, including Walthamstow reservoirs, Abbey Mills pumping station and Beckton sewage works, from across the capital span almost a century, from 1886 to 1976, and can be downloaded for free.”
The Citizens’ Voice: PennDOT’s online map shows condition of area bridges. “About a quarter of the 668 state and locally owned bridges in Luzerne County are in poor condition, according to a new online tool from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.”