Environment

    • Exploring strategies to decarbonize electricity

      Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time, and the way we generate and use electricity now is a major contributor to that issue. To solve it, we need to find a way to eliminate the carbon emissions associated with our electricity as quickly and as cheaply as possible. Many analysts have come up with a number of possible solutions: renewable energy plus inc ...

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    • Seeing is believing in the fight against climate change

      In 2005, more than a thousand of acres of land in my hometown in the Santa Cruz mountains were under threat from a proposed logging contract that would have severely damaged our ecosystem by tearing down ancient Redwoods, increasing potential fire danger and endangering public safety. As part of the community group Neighbors Against Irresponsible Logging, I used Google Earth ...

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  • Chasing Coral on Google Earth

    … Editor’s Note: Richard Vevers, Founder and CEO at the Ocean Agency, talks about his quest to protect our oceans and the underwater journey with Street View that led to “Chasing Coral,” a new Netflix documentary. I am floating above a graveyard, millions of tiny skeletons below me. I am stunned, I am silent. I am witnessing a tragedy in progress…

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  • Let’s clear the air: mapping our environment for our health

    … to achieve greater air quality improvements. This kind of information can also be applied to other cities, who are trying to understand local air quality patterns and implement solutions that improve the local environment. Zoom-in of black carbon in Oakland, where you can see block-by-block air quality. Air quality data from Google/Aclima…

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  • Partnering with E.ON to bring Project Sunroof to Germany

    … Solar power is an abundant, low-carbon source of electricity, but historically it’s been more expensive than traditional electricity. Now, with solar costs dropping dramatically, many people are starting to ask: Does solar power make sense on my roof? We launched Project Sunroof in the United States in 2015 to help answer this question and help…

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  • Please, Let’s Not Go There Again

    … and minorities had vastly diminished rights, our environment was a mess, climate change was ignored, capitalism was unrestrained and destructive, and we were playing a terrifying game of nuclear chess with Russia. By last year, we had made massive progress on all of these crucial societal issues. And now we’re going back to the ‘70s. Anyone else want off this particular train? (published first at NewCo Shift) …

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  • Shedding light on solar potential in all 50 U.S. States

    … Solar power is an abundant, low carbon source of electricity, but historically it has been more expensive than traditional electricity. With solar costs dropping dramatically, many people are starting to ask: does solar power make sense on my rooftop? In my town or state? Since its initial launch in 2015, Project Sunroof has used imagery from…

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