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What happens when you install 12,000 sensors throughout a city of less than 200,000 people? The old Spanish port city of Santader is finding out—and gaining the attention of global technology companies—thanks to a grant from the European Commission. And in New York, a small battery startup is trying to push the envelope on rechargeable battery design with a goal of making wind and solar more competitive with fossil fuels. Read on to learn more about smart cities and innovative renewable energy storage.
“Smart city” has entered the lexicon in the past few years—but what is a smart city? While exact definitions may vary, the overall concept of a smart city lies within its ability to combine sustainability, technology, societal progress and economic prosperity, according to an article published this week in Business Insider. Publications often rank cities both globally and in the U.S. on their ability to adopt smart city practices. But reading about the innovations taking place city-by-city and building-by-building shows how revolutionary smart cities can be. Continue reading to learn more on global efforts to make smart cities the cities of the future.
Innovative technology can influence business and the environment, while having a clear impact on society as well. For a technology company like Microsoft, that’s the promise of applying technology to address environmental challenges. The Guardian is introducing a new online hub that looks squarely at technology innovation and implementation from a social standpoint, while this week Forbes looked at how the smart grid is increasingly becoming a reality for U.S. utilities and consumers. Read on to learn more about how IT is reshaping how people are using energy and resources, ultimately reducing their footprint on the world.
As reported earlier this month, carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere have increased by 2.67 parts per million since 2011, reaching a new record of 395 parts per million. At the same time advances in both technology and the public debate are deepening the public’s understanding of climate change. Check out the rest of this week’s post to learn how new research is showing the impact of past climactic change on today’s weather events, and to see how meteorologists from the Weather Channel are impacting public opinion.