BusinessWire: Esri Partners with The Ray to Map Solar Energy Hot Spots (PRESS RELEASE)

BusinessWire: Esri Partners with The Ray to Map Solar Energy Hot Spots (PRESS RELEASE). “Research published by the Webber Energy Group (WEG) at the University of Texas at Austin, and by The Ray, a nonprofit studying technologies that can transform the transportation sector for a Vision Zero future, documented the efficiency and economic, societal, and environmental benefits of installing solar arrays on interstate right-of-way (ROW) land. The findings revealed that solar panels at these exits could generate up to 36 terawatt hours (TWh) a year—enough to power 12 million passenger electric vehicles—with the value of the energy generated by roadside solar panels estimated at $4 billion per year.”

Life’s a beach: finding trends in marine debris across Australia (University of New South Wales)

University of New South Wales: Life’s a beach: finding trends in marine debris across Australia. “More than 2000 organisations and 150,000 citizen scientists have participated in the Australian Marine Debris Initiative [AMDI] by sorting and tallying up marine debris they have collected since it was set up by the not-for-profit Tangaroa Blue Foundation in 2004. Now a study led by UNSW Science has filtered and analysed 10 years of the AMDI Database and created a national map of patterns in marine debris.”

PRNewswire: FAIR Health Launches Interactive Maps Showing State-by-State COVID-19 Hospitalization and Treatment Costs (PRESS RELEASE)

PRNewswire: FAIR Health Launches Interactive Maps Showing State-by-State COVID-19 Hospitalization and Treatment Costs (PRESS RELEASE). “Today FAIR Health is launching a set of free, online, interactive maps displaying typical costs for COVID-19 treatment and hospitalization state by state across the nation. Part of FAIR Health’s ‘States by the Numbers’ series, the COVID-19 Medical and Hospitalization Costs by State tool shows average and median costs, both in-network and out-of-network, for three different COVID-19 treatment pathways.”

Revealed: more than 120,000 US sites feared to handle harmful PFAS ‘forever’ chemicals (The Guardian)

The Guardian: Revealed: more than 120,000 US sites feared to handle harmful PFAS ‘forever’ chemicals. “The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has identified more than 120,000 locations around the US where people may be exposed to a class of toxic ‘forever chemicals’ associated with various cancers and other health problems that is a frightening tally four times larger than previously reported, according to data obtained by the Guardian.”

International Airport Review: Zurich Airport becomes first airport to use Google Maps Live View

International Airport Review: Zurich Airport becomes first airport to use Google Maps Live View. “Google has activated the Live View feature in Google Maps at Zurich Airport (ZRH), making it the first airport in the world with this function. Using the camera and directions shown on the camera image, passengers and visitors can navigate to their chosen destination at the airport including finding a gate, check-in desk, or restaurants.”

The Northern Times: Improved Highland Pictish Trail launched with new information package

The Northern Times: Improved Highland Pictish Trail launched with new information package. “The Picts dominated north and east Scotland from around 400AD for about 600 years, and the carved stones they left in the landscape, with their mysterious symbols, carvings of animals, and later on, intricately carved Christian crosses and images of bible scenes, battles and hunting, have been a source of fascination for centuries, along with their network of hill forts. The original Highland Pictish Trail, which dates back more than 25 years, has now been extended to include 32 of the area’s most impressive and accessible Pictish sites.”

The 74: Interactive Map — The Great Shortage: Explore How Districts in All 50 States Are Grappling With Missing Teachers, Nurses, Cooks, Bus Drivers & Other Essential Workers

The 74: Interactive Map — The Great Shortage: Explore How Districts in All 50 States Are Grappling With Missing Teachers, Nurses, Cooks, Bus Drivers & Other Essential Workers. “Faced with burnout, low wages and now COVID-19, scores of education workers — including not just teachers but also school bus drivers, special education paraprofessionals, cafeteria and afterschool workers, nurses, school safety agents and custodians — have left their posts. Districts have been forced to cancel classes, close cafeterias and feed students pizza, bring back remote classes, and hire per diem emergency workers. School officials have also increased salaries and other incentives to attract and retain staff. The 74 has found school staffing shortages in all 50 states.”

PCMag Australia: Google Maps Rolls Out Wildfire Tracking Globally

PCMag Australia: Google Maps Rolls Out Wildfire Tracking Globally. “Building on the firm’s wildlife boundary map, launched last year to provide satellite data about California’s infernos, the new wildfire layer is now available globally. Tap on a virtual fire—indicated by a red-and-white flame icon—to see links to resources from local governments (think emergency websites, phone numbers, evacuation details). And when available, Maps will provide details about the fire, such as its containment status and how many acres have burned.”

New York Times: The Maps That Steer Us Wrong

New York Times: The Maps That Steer Us Wrong. “Rather than being drawn up by a group of drafters, maps today are produced by diplomats, policymakers, marketers and tech executives, who decide what data goes into maps covering everything from border disputes to wireless and broadband availability. Marketing is why those pretty pink maps showing T-Mobile’s 5G service availability around the country are largely a fantasy.”

National Archives: Civil War Maps from the Army Corps of Engineers Now Digitized

National Archives: Civil War Maps from the Army Corps of Engineers Now Digitized. “Civil War era and related maps from the Army Corps of Engineers have been digitized and are available to view and download from the National Archives Catalog. The records are part of the Civil Works Map File series from Record Group 77, Records of the Office of the Chief of Engineers. The records make up the Z file unit.”

Neon in Nevada: Preserving the glow of neon (Nevada Today)

Nevada Today: Neon in Nevada: Preserving the glow of neon. “I’m excited to work for the University Libraries again on the Neon in Nevada Project. The team working on the project collected and processed thousands of images of neon signs across Nevada and preserved them in an interactive digital archive that is now accessible to the public. I am grateful to work on this project because I believe it’s important to showcase the neon sign jewels that exist across Nevada. The goal was to create a space where people in Nevada and elsewhere can view and interact with a vast collection of neon signs from all corners of the state in one place. The Neon in Nevada website and digital archive is a showcase of Nevada’s pride illuminated in neon, telling a vast visual and cultural history of our state.”

KUT 90.5: To Save Lives, Researchers Are Creating An Online Library Of Potential Flood Maps

KUT 90.5: To Save Lives, Researchers Are Creating An Online Library Of Potential Flood Maps . “Imagine it’s 2 in the morning, and you are one of the first responders to the scene of a flood. Your vehicle approaches water on the road. If you try to cross it, you could be washed away. So you stop and watch your headlights cut through the rain. You see there’s water around some nearby houses, but it’s dark and you don’t know how far it reaches or how deep it is. What you decide to do next could save lives — and put your own at risk. This situation is not hypothetical to Harry Evans. He says it could describe many floods he worked during his 30 years with the Austin Fire Department.”

Brown University: Database led by Brown economist reveals school-level look at COVID-19’s impact on K-12 education

Brown University: Database led by Brown economist reveals school-level look at COVID-19’s impact on K-12 education. “The COVID-19 School Data Hub, launched on Wednesday, Sept. 15 by Brown professor Emily Oster and a team of research colleagues, provides a detailed, school-by-school look at which schools and districts operated in person, virtually or in hybrid mode throughout the 2020-21 school year; how COVID-19 case rates rose and fell during that time; and, in some cases, how the pandemic affected enrollment and standardized test scores.”

University of Kansas: Researcher Develops Website Featuring Maps Of School Segregation Across Us To Help Spur Research

University of Kansas: Researcher Develops Website Featuring Maps Of School Segregation Across Us To Help Spur Research . “The 2020 U.S. Census Bureau data shows that the United States population has grown more diverse and is increasingly urbanizing. Yet K-12 schools remain largely segregated. A new website developed by a University of Kansas researcher uses census and demographic data to build maps for all 50 states and the District of Columbia to explore where schools are most and least segregated to help inform discussions of how populations have shifted.”