Ubergizmo: Exact Air Pollution From All Power Plants Globally Will Soon Be Revealed

Ubergizmo: Exact Air Pollution From All Power Plants Globally Will Soon Be Revealed. “Power plants, particularly those that run on fossil fuels, tend to pollute the environment. No wonder countries are increasingly shifting to more renewable and green sources of energy to reduce their impact on the environment. WattTime, a nonprofit artificial intelligence firm, will soon provide valuable data which will track air pollution from every power plant in the world.”

The Atlantic: Stock Picks From Space

The Atlantic: Stock Picks From Space. “There is an old story about Sam Walton: In the early days of Walmart, its founder would monitor how stores were doing by counting the cars in the parking lot. After seeing the power of satellite imagery in his factory deal, Tom [Diamond] had a similar idea, but on a scale Walton could not have imagined. He asked his brother, ‘What if we could count the cars at every Walmart?'”

Debate Report: New Web-Based App Showcases Earth’s Light Emissions

Debate Report: New Web-Based App Showcases Earth’s Light Emissions. “A large amount of the datasets provided by scientific satellites is available for free, but they aren’t accessible for the general public. A new web application will facilitate access to satellite imagery of Earth. Radiance Light Trends allows users to inspect a specific region or site and observe how Earth’s light emissions changed in the last decades, with the earliest data being collected in 1992.”

Pierre Markuse: Satellite Image Guide for Journalists and Media

This is from December but it’s too good to miss. From Pierre Markuse: Satellite Image Guide for Journalists and Media. “So you would like to use a satellite image in your article and you would like to explain it to your viewers? Here is a short guide covering some of the most frequently asked questions and giving some general explanations on satellite images. It by no means covers all aspects, as there are far too many types of satellite images, but should give you a good start to find out more on your own and maybe motivate you to create your own images, which has become quite easy and quick even with no prior knowledge of it.”

Ars Technica: Satellites watch over the graves of ancient steppe nomads

Ars Technica: Satellites watch over the graves of ancient steppe nomads. “University of Sydney archaeologist Gino Caspari and his colleagues searched for Scythian burial mounds, or kurgans, in high-resolution satellite images of a 110 square kilometer (68.4 square mile) area of the Xinjiang province in northwestern China. They mapped their findings and noted how many of the burial mounds looked like they’d been disturbed by looters. When looters dig up the contents of the grave pit, the center of the mound usually collapses. Observers who know what they’re looking for can spot that from above; imagine looking at a sheet of bubble wrap to see which ones have been popped. Although the satellite images weren’t as precise as a detailed ground survey, they offered a pretty accurate estimate of the general situation on the ground—and the news wasn’t good.”

Artnet: Satellites Are Taking Data-Based Images of the Earth and the Colors Are Spectacular—See Them Here

Artnet: Satellites Are Taking Data-Based Images of the Earth and the Colors Are Spectacular—See Them Here. “Experience Earth art as you’ve never seen it before in a stunning new set of satellite images that depicts the globe’s landscape in otherworldly hues. Last month, the United States Geological Survey released the fifth installment of the ‘Earth as Art’ series drawn from imagery taken by the Landsat satellite program.”

Bellingcat: How to Identify Burnt Villages by Satellite Imagery  — Case-Studies from California, Nigeria and Myanmar

Bellingcat: How to Identify Burnt Villages by Satellite Imagery  — Case-Studies from California, Nigeria and Myanmar. “As satellite imagery becomes more available and technology permits for more access, we are seeing overhead mapping play more of an integral role in media and human rights bodies to identify a chronological story of an area. For some areas, this may be through infrastructure expansions, military operations, or what new equipment has just landed on the tarmac. For other parts, satellite imagery can reveal signs of chemical attacks or villages that have been burnt to the ground.”