Phys .org: Social media data reveal benefits or threats to biodiversity by visitors to nature locations

Phys .org: Social media data reveal benefits or threats to biodiversity by visitors to nature locations. “Understanding how people use and experience important places for living nature is essential for effectively managing and monitoring human activities and conserving biodiversity. In a new article published in the journal Science of the Total Environment, a team of researchers assessed global patterns of visitation rates, attractiveness and pressure to more than 12,000 Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs), which are sites of international significance for nature conservation, by using geolocated data mined from social media (Twitter and Flickr).”

Neowin: Microsoft details how scientists have used its innovations in AI to help the environment

Neowin: Microsoft details how scientists have used its innovations in AI to help the environment. “…Microsoft has revealed how scientists and conservationists have employed use of its AI-centric applications to help protect the environment as part of the AI for Earth project. Four such ways have been specifically outlined, including the obtaining of more data regarding trees, improving yields for farmers, identifying snow leopards with relative ease, and protecting key watersheds.”

EC&M: Online Database Lists Nearly 600 Zero Energy Projects

EC&M: Online Database Lists Nearly 600 Zero Energy Projects. “In addition to the Zero Energy Project List, NBI released a new online tool that offers users access to information about the ZE buildings on the list and shows where they’re located on a map. The dynamic database allows searches on location, size and building type, and generates charts and graphics conveying the appropriate information.”

Phys .org: Scientists create largest collection of coral reef maps ever made

Phys .org: Scientists create largest collection of coral reef maps ever made . “The high-resolution coral reef maps made for this study can be found on the World Reef Map, an interactive coral reef atlas where users can explore all of the coral reefs and shallow water marine habitats mapped on the Global Reef Expedition. Although they by no means cover every reef worldwide, this new atlas covers a meaningful portion of key reef provinces around the world.”

Google Blog: A new app to map and monitor the world’s freshwater supply

Google Blog: A new app to map and monitor the world’s freshwater supply. “Today, on World Water Day, we’re proud to showcase a new platform enabling all countries to freely measure and monitor when and where water is changing: UN’s Water-Related Ecosystems, or sdg661.app. Released last week in Nairobi at the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA), the app provides statistics for every country’s annual surface water (like lakes and rivers). It also shows changes from 1984 through 2018 through interactive maps, graphs and full-data downloads.”

PR Newswire: MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative awarded $750,000 grant from the Hewlett Foundation (PRESS RELEASE)

PR Newswire: MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative awarded $750,000 grant from the Hewlett Foundation (PRESS RELEASE.) “The grant will be used for a research project, which aims to create an online database assessing the carbon intensity of financial institutions. The database would be available to educate and inform businesses, foundations, universities, and the general public, possibly including consumers in the United States, on aligning their choice of banks, investment targets, and insurance companies with sustainability practices, including climate change mitigation.”

New York Times: The Lewis and Clark of the Digital Building Frontier

New York Times: The Lewis and Clark of the Digital Building Frontier. “On a bone-chilling day here with the winter rains pelting down, the architects Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello retreated to their cozy 3-D printed cabin in the backyard…. It was just another weekend for the couple, 3-D printing pioneers who have developed novel techniques for sustainable building, often using low-cost waste materials like mud, dirt, nutshells, coffee grounds, and other discards that are ‘essentially free,’ Ms. San Fratello said.”