WCCD — World Council on City Data Indicators for City Services and Quality of Life, the first international standard on city data, was published in May 2014 by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). This new international standard was developed using the framework of the Global City Indicators Facility that has been extensively tested by more than 250 cities worldwide. This is a demand-led standard, driven and created by cities, for cities. Green Alliance Compete or collaborate? The best business approach to resource security Wednesday 4 July 2012Royal College of Physicians11 St.
The EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) The EU ETS: operates in 31 countries (all 28 EU countries plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) limits emissions from more than 11,000 heavy energy-using installations (power stations & industrial plants) and airlines operating between these countries covers around 45% of the EU's greenhouse gas emissions. For a detailed overview, see: EU ETS factsheet (466 kB) Britain's First Solar Powered Town? Inspiring Story Continues (Video) Image credit: Solarcentury When I wrote about an entire town's plan to go solar, and its incredibly ambitious short-term goal of generating 30% of its electricity from renewables by 2015, the response was enthusiastic. But what's so special about Wadebridge?
16 Top Augmented Reality Business Models » PERSONALIZE MEDIA As promised a more specific ‘commercial’ follow up to my previous post on this topic which was more ‘story’ centric. I am developing & producing a range of Augmented Reality (or if you prefer AR, ‘blended or layered media’) applications at the moment. I have also been asked to present at a few conferences and create a detailed white paper on the implications of AR for government & business looking at privacy, legal, copyright & crime issues. As readers of this blog will know I also lecture, run workshops & work with creative teams to come up with future ‘social entertainment’ based around virtual worlds and augmented reality. But the purpose of this short post is to simply list and try to categorise the many types of business Augmented Reality apps appearing in the market. The first manifestations of AR appeared in the late 60s, became real in the 70s and by the 90s were already being used by major companies.
Mission & Vision The Carbon War Room accelerates the adoption of business solutions that reduce carbon emissions at gigaton scale and advance the low-carbon economy. Carbon War Room focuses on the market barriers that reinforce the status quo and prevent capital from flowing to sustainable solutions with compelling returns. Often, strong policy is a necessary but insufficient condition, and technology is not the bottleneck: Capital has to flow to solutions in a well-functioning market-place. Our vision is a world where over $1trillion invested in climate change solutions is an annual occurrence, not a historic milestone (Bloomberg New Energy Finance). In this world, market barriers will not exist in any sector where profitable carbon reduction solutions exist; and entrepreneurs who are passionate about preserving our planet’s resources are simultaneously tapping in to the economic opportunity of our generation.
Street Charge solar charging stations for smartphones make New York debut Telecomms provider AT&T has partnered with portable solar power systems developer Goal Zero and Brooklyn design studio Pensa for the roll out of Street Charge public solar charging stations in New York. Each station is topped by PV panels that charge up a powerful internal battery to provide smartphone and tablet users with a free juice up. The first units debuted at Riverside Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Fort Greene Park and Governor's Island on June 18, and will be followed by another 20 or so stations in the coming months.
Solar “tree” from Israel. « Your Solar Link Blog An Israeli solar “tree” was designed by artist Yoav Ben-Dov. It features solar panels positioned as leaves on metal branches made of pipes and was designed to blend into parks and other green public spaces. Apart from offering shade, Sologic’s eTree has a water fountain, a WiFi hotspot, a docking station to charge devices, and lights up with LEDs at night, according to the company. The World in 2025: 8 Predictions for the Next 10 Years In 2025, in accordance with Moore's Law, we'll see an acceleration in the rate of change as we move closer to a world of true abundance. Here are eight areas where we'll see extraordinary transformation in the next decade: 1. A $1,000 Human Brain In 2025, $1,000 should buy you a computer able to calculate at 10^16 cycles per second (10,000 trillion cycles per second), the equivalent processing speed of the human brain. 2.
AJSIR – Science Huβ LLC, Leading the Information Highway An official Publication of Science Huβ ISSN: 2153-649X (Online) The American Journal of Scientific and Industrial Research (AJSIR) is an open access (Quarterly) journal published by Science Huβ that publishes, in English, high-quality research articles, review papers and short communications, from varied key scientific disciplines. It covers all relevant topics of fundamental, technical and applied aspects of significant industrial importance. Contributions are considered for evaluation on the understanding that they are original and not being considered for publication elsewhere. The scope of the Journal is broad and provides widest coverage in the fields of applied and theoretical sciences including biology, chemistry, physics, zoology, medical studies, environmental sciences, mathematics, statistics, geology, engineering, computer science, social sciences, natural sciences, technological sciences, linguistics, medicine, industrial, and all other applied and theoretical sciences.
El4DEV EL4DEV An atypical startup to create the collective in society EL4DEV is an atypical startup aimed to teach moral values (peaceful exchange and understanding, autonomy, self-empowerment, a more balanced relationship with the environment, respect for human rights and equality) to all individuals in order to create, expand or consolidate the collective in society. However, even today, very few people are willing to accept a teaching that would challenge their habitual way of thinking and acting.
The Weapon Wizards by Newt Gingrich USA – -(Ammoland.com)- I seldom write about books, but after reading The Weapon Wizards: How Israel Became a High-Tech Military Superpower, I was so impressed that I wanted to share it with you. Written by two veteran defense reporters, the newly released book provides remarkable insight into Israeli weapons development. It is thoughtful and provocative, and a book that I encourage every decision-maker in America to read – including every member of Congress.