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  • Blog Post: Climate Change, Technology, and a Vulnerable Food Supply

    We all know that food is one of the basic elements of survival. And yet the world is transitioning from an era of food abundance to one of scarcity, driven in part by population growth and rising affluence, as well as growing water shortages and the earth’s rising temperature. In response to this...
  • Blog Post: How Microsoft Research is Lending a Hand for Climate Change Study

    While it can be difficult to accurately predict the weather, you can predict and address the impacts of climate change by looking at past and present observational data. As computing power grows exponentially, Big Data is becoming an increasingly important tool for helping scientists predict the long...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Research Luminary Lucas Joppa on Computational Ecology

    Today Microsoft Research released a video interview with United Kingdom-based researcher Lucas Joppa that discusses the work and progress Microsoft Research Cambridge has made in recent years around computational ecology. As we’ve shared on the Microsoft Green Blog before, Joppa and his team...
  • Blog Post: With ChronoZoom, the History of Climate Change Becomes Clearer

    What if scientists could visualize changes to the planet’s climate over time in order to better understand the sources of human-caused climate change today? A scientist at the University of California at Santa Barbara (USCB) is turning to ChronoZoom, an educational tool for teachers and students...
  • Blog Post: Pragmatic Conservation: Protecting Two-Thirds of Plant Species With 17% of Earth’s Land

    Today Microsoft Research, in partnership with researchers from Duke University and North Carolina State University, announced findings that will help determine how to conserve the greatest number of plant species possible by protecting small landmasses. The results of the study affirmed the possibility...
  • Blog Post: Fighting Wildfires with Data in Greece

    As anyone who has been through an earthquake or a hurricane can tell you, natural disasters can cause significant destruction. That’s one reason why improvements in predictive technologies, which can be used to improve forecasts of weather and other natural events, have promised to dramatically...
  • Blog Post: Italy: Buildings Go Green in the Cloud

    The green building game is changing. A recent McGraw-Hill Construction SmartMarket Report characterized the green building movement as one that has shifted from ‘push’ to ‘pull,’ as companies around the world are recognizing both the environmental and the business value of sustainable...
  • Blog Post: ClimateDesk Video: How Does Climate or Ecosystem Modeling Work Anyway?

    Last week Microsoft Research’s Drew Purves published an article in Nature (paid access) about how computer modeling can help map the planet’s ecosystems and better understand threats to biodiversity; we blogged about the article in this post . Today our friends over at ClimateDesk published...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Research Tackles Ecosystem Modeling

    What if there was a giant computer model that could dramatically enhance our understanding of the environment and lead to policy decisions that better support conservation and biodiversity? A team of researchers at Microsoft Research are building just such a model that one day may eventually do just...
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