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2013 OpenStreetMap Data Report

2013 OpenStreetMap Data Report | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it

The million-plus amateur cartographers who volunteer their time to plot roads, streets, and even shrubbery for Open Street Map were busier than ever this year. The beautiful map above, created by MapBox, shows how the database has grown since its inception in 2004. Hot pink areas are newly mapped, blue and green areas are older. (scroll down a screen length or two for the zoomable version within Mapbox's annual report). OSM's database of more than 21 million miles of roads and 78 million buildings, keeps finding new uses, such as helping first responders to disasters like this year's typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

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This open map project has finally gotten to the point where it seems generally useful for larger regional studies of coastal zones/road infrastructure.

 

It is great having both the formal google earth/apple maps datasets AND these more open-source datasets. 

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This open map project has finally gotten to the point where it seems generally useful for larger regional studies of coastal zones/road infrastructure.

 

It is great having both the formal google earth/apple maps datasets AND these more open-source datasets. 

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Welcome to Sustainability Science

Welcome to Sustainability Science | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it

Welcome to my curation site for the emerging science of sustainability.

 

Here you will find an array of stories, examples, relevant cautionary tales, and data related to our hunt for a more sustainable economy with a reduced ecological footprint.  While my students, colleagues and I are interested in all aspects of sustainability, these pages have an historc emphasis on:

 

- human population growth rates/demography 

- product design/construction, especially:

    - triple bottomline

    - life cycle analyses (LCA)

    - sustainable supply chains

 - carbon footprints (especially carbon "finprints" of seafood)

 - food production/distribution systems

 - energy production/storage systems, especially:

    - dams and flow diversions

    - wind turbines

    - tidal power

    - solar panel efficiency/material advances

    - fuel cell design/material advances

 - general building design/construction, especially:

     - green roof/wall construction and plant palletes

     - lighting systems

     - elegant design

     - redevelopment/reuse

 - urban planning

 - role of mobile technology in fostering sustainability

 - elegant and effective communication

 

Thanks for visiting.  Please enjoy and let me know if I can answer any questions or be of any other help.

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Spy photos capture next-generation Toyota Prius weeks before debut

Spy photos capture next-generation Toyota Prius weeks before debut | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
The next Toyota Prius will largely abandon the eco-chic egg shape of its previous three generations in favor of a more traditional sedan profile, spy shots of the new car revealed Friday.
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Thousand Oaks residents cut water use by 35 percent

Thousand Oaks residents cut water use by 35 percent | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Residents cut water use by 35 percent last month, surpassing the state mandate of a 32 percent reduction in Thousand Oaks.
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Watch the LA Reservoir Fill Up With 96 Million Shade Balls

20,000 shade balls released into L.A. reservoir. #shadeballs #shade #balls Follow @pourmecoffee for shade balls news pic.twitter.com/rATHAc6Kg8— pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) August 11, 2015 Los Angeles lakes and reservoirs: they just seem...
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This is an old technique.  I first recall seeing these when James Cameron filmed "The Abyss" in an abandoned nuclear power plant fuel pool/containment building.

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Extreme Weather, Caused by Climate Change, Is Here. Can Nike Prepare You?

Extreme Weather, Caused by Climate Change, Is Here. Can Nike Prepare You? | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Following the approach we often see from companies marketing products before big storms, Nike focuses on climate change science in the promotion of its latest line of base-layer apparel. Is it a sign that more Americans are taking climate change seriously? Don’t get your hopes up.
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Watch Smoke From Wildfires in Alaska and Canada Circle the World

Watch Smoke From Wildfires in Alaska and Canada Circle the World | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Unusually large wildfires can cause problems for everybody.
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Gov. Jerry Brown signs bill barring fines for dead lawns during drought

Gov. Jerry Brown signs bill barring fines for dead lawns during drought | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Cities and counties will no longer be able to impose fines on residents for unsightly brown lawns while the state is in a drought, under a bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown  on Monday afternoon.
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Solar Impulse Plane Takes Off on Six-Day, Sun-Powered Pacific Marathon

Solar Impulse Plane Takes Off on Six-Day, Sun-Powered Pacific Marathon | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
After more than a month of preparation, the Solar Impulse 2 airplane took off from China for the most grueling leg of its round-the-world odyssey
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Sewer Gas to Fuel Half of the UK by 2025

Sewer Gas to Fuel Half of the UK by 2025 | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Inspired by the old Victorian sewer gas lamps found in large cities renewable energy specialists intend on supplying consistent green gas to the grid.
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Interesting take on something of an old idea.

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EU shipping could be forced to report CO2 emissions

EU shipping could be forced to report CO2 emissions | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Ships, which create 3% of all emissions across the European Union, could soon have to report their CO2 impact if new MEP proposals get the green light.

The plans, designed to help cut emissions from the sector, would come into play from 2018 for all ships that weigh more than 5,000 tonnes.
There are currently no pieces of legislation covering maritime emissions reduction. And with shipping emissions jumping 70% since 1990, the EU thinks the time is right to take action. If emissions continue to

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Central Valley's growing concern: Crops raised with oil field water

Central Valley's growing concern: Crops raised with oil field water | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Here in California's thirsty farm belt, where pumpjacks nod amid neat rows of crops, it's a proposition that seems to make sense: using treated oil field wastewater to irrigate crops.
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Indeed.  This is the old mantra of folks: if you don't look for a problem, you won't see a problem/can't prove a problem exists.

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L.A. may require pool covers to fight drought

L.A. may require pool covers to fight drought | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Los Angeles water officials approved new watering restrictions Thursday that could be imposed if the city’s conservation efforts flag in the coming summer months.
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State officials launch new advertising campaign for water conservation

State officials launch new advertising campaign for water conservation | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
When it comes to conserving water, Gov. Jerry Brown needs Californians' help.
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Here comes the conservation arguments for the new California:

 

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-ski-season-drought-20150403-story.html

 

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-mandatory-water-cuts-put-pressure-on-california-communities-20150401-story.html

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SealevelRise caused by warming Seas instigated by CO2 pollution

SealevelRise caused by warming Seas instigated by CO2 pollution | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
We know seas are rising and we know why. The urgent questions are by how much and how quickly.

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Water district wants to set your shower to music to make it quicker during drought

There's nothing like blasting Adele's "Set Fire to the Rain" to encourage water conservation -- at least that's the hope of one Southern California water supplier.
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Tesla cuts annual production forecast; second-quarter loss widens

Tesla cuts annual production forecast; second-quarter loss widens | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Tesla Motors Inc. 's second-quarter loss nearly tripled as it invested in launching a sport utility vehicle, releasing new versions of its flagship Model S sports sedan and constructing a giant battery plant near Reno.
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Net positive: Revolution, not evolution

Net positive: Revolution, not evolution | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Companies including Ikea, BT and Kingfisher are signing on to up the bar when it comes to corporate impacts on the planet.

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Northern California Is Already Losing Wildflowers Because of Climate Change

Northern California Is Already Losing Wildflowers Because of Climate Change | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
A study of a reserve near Davis finds a decline in wildflower diversity since 2000.
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Resurveying California's Wildlife

Resurveying California's Wildlife | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
In this lesson from Clue into Climate, produced by KQED, students will learn that scientific surveys are providing evidence that animal populations in Yosemite and along the California coast have shifted over time in response to rising temperatures.
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Once illegal, watering the garden with drainage from the washer or shower is gaining favor

Once illegal, watering the garden with drainage from the washer or shower is gaining favor | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Strands of silver hair fell into Annie Costanzo's face as she wielded a sledgehammer against the brick walkway in her backyard. Plumes of dust and debris filled the air, and reddish-pink shards scattered in the wake of the 64-year-old sculptor's latest water conservation project.
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Ventura County residents enjoy among shortest commutes in country

Ventura County residents enjoy among shortest commutes in country | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
A new study has found that residents of the Thousand Oaks/Oxnard/Ventura metro area have on average among the shortest commutes in the country.
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Mandatory usage cuts loom even for those with senior water rights

Mandatory usage cuts loom even for those with senior water rights | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
In the 1976-77 drought, the state ordered growers with some of the oldest water rights in California to stop pumping from many rivers and streams. Now, in a sign of the spreading pain of another punishing drought, regulators are preparing to do the same thing.
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Walmart Sources Bottled Water from Dry California

Walmart Sources Bottled Water from Dry California | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Walmart is the latest company under pressure to stop sourcing its bottled water from drought-stricken California. According to

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Analysis: In boosting climate goals, California daring others to follow

Ambitious new targets aim to improve economy, environment
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I love the inclusion of the failed doomsayers predictions.

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Pope Francis poised to weigh in on climate change with major document

Pope Francis poised to weigh in on climate change with major document | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Even unseen, the encyclical is attracting outrage from conservatives and praise from environmentalists.

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Growth of urban neighborhood Wal-Mart

Growth of urban neighborhood Wal-Mart | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Maybe you saw the Wal-Mart growth map I made a while back. NPR takes a much closer look at Wal-Mart's current growth strategy, as the store goes smaller and caters to more urban areas. That means l...
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