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Bend the Trend, Go Green

You may have noticed the change in colour of my site, along with the new information in the footer, these are steps taken in addendum to my Bend the Trend pledge. My site is carbon-neutral and powered by 100% renewable energy, not only at the webserver, but on the devices I update my site and all social networks with. All up, with pledge included, I am–by minor lifestyle change–reducing my polluting by 9242.4kg CO2 per annum.

Microsoft and Google are both jumping on the go-green bandwagon. Microsoft working with the European Environmental Agency (EEA) to utilise it’s Google Maps knock off, Bing Maps, plus Silverlight multimedia technology with it’s Azure cloud platform to show how climate change is affecting certain regions of Europe. The site, called the Environmental Atlas of Europe illustrates to the public how climate change impacts on them, while drawing attention to green industry leaders from carbon-negative vineyards to renewable energy driven cities.

“It’s strange that not everybody is aware of these kinds of initiatives,” said Bert Jansen, technology lead for the EEA. “I think it’s important that good initiatives get the attention that they deserve.” Microsoft and the EEA reused the same visualisation technology to create a site called Bend the Trend, where people can pick from up to 45 impact changing pledges, which–albeit simple–will have significant changes to peoples polluting.

Google is also contributing it’s cloud-computing power helping scientists keep tabs on deforestation, releasing an online tool analysing raw sattelite imagery comparing deforestation over time, an online version of software which was developed by forest researchers Greg Asner of the Carnegie Institution for Science and Carlos Souza of Imazon, an Amazon rain forest research institute. Their applications are used across Latin America, but analysis had been hampered by a lack of access to satellite images and slow computational resources, according to a Google blog post.

The platform offers a much cheaper way for countries to measure deforestation since Google’s data centers can serve up terabytes of satellite images and contribute a massive amount of computational power from its data centers. “On a top-of-the-line desktop computer, it can take days or weeks to analyze deforestation over the Amazon,” wrote Rebecca Moore, engineering manager, and Amy Luers, environment manager for Google.org, the company’s philanthropic branch. “Using our cloud-based computing power, we can reduce that time to seconds. Being able to detect illegal logging activities faster can help support local law enforcement and prevent further deforestation from happening.”

Ask yourself what small changes you can make to your lifestyle to avoid unnecessary polluting and bend the trend too!

Comment from James D Wohlever – 12/18/2009 at 03:36

Right on Sir! My wife and I try to do everything we can. For example, we bought cloth grocery bags so instead of them using plastic bags at the grocery or Walmart, we have them save the bags and put the stuff in the cloth bags. Sometimes they grumble about it, but too bad.

Comment from BaSH PR0MPT – 12/18/2009 at 09:20

I think a lot of it has to do with upbringing. I was raised with the philosophy of “Waste not want not”, and that applies to everything I do. I’m sure many of us were raised like that, but we seem to forget it and take everything around us for granted. I dunno, I’ve just never been a wasteful person, so environmentalism’s purpose aside, I’d still avoid waste! 😀


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