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Night wide angle from London to Newcastle to Wales.
Sure can see where we choose to live.
Twitter Tongues Shows Geographical Multilinguality Of London And NYC - “Twitter truly seems to be an all-knowing entity. If we would like to see how many people are talking about chipmunks in Italy, it could tell us in a second, with even more precise data for regions and cities. Twitter Tongues uses Twitter to show us the languages of tweets sent from London and New York in the summer of 2012, and provides a unique look into these multilingual cities. Playing around with the website application gives a very interesting insight into the different districts that have more or less inhabitants of a certain tongue than others”
We don’t know if in the future cities will be able to feed themselves completely, but by starting to adapt urban space to farm using aquaponics we can make a real contribution to food security and local supply chains. As urban migration continues across the world we need to seriously rethink the way we feed people in cities.
Kate Hofman and Tom Webster
Top 10 Countries on Wind Power
Wind power is picking up speed. Around the world, countries are investing more and more money in land-based as well as offshore turbines.
“What we can certainly see is a further diversification of the wind power market,” said Stefan Gsänger, secretary general for the World Wind Energy Association, a nonprofit organization based in Germany whose membership represents national wind energy associations and 100 countries. The association promotes renewable energy, advises governments on policy, and tracks wind industry developments.
These countries are based on the WWEA’s market share data as well as countries with notable wind energy leadership. Choosing just 10 was challenging — Gsänger also wanted to include Romania for its high growth rate, and Portugal with a total wind capacity just below Canada’s. Countries in Latin America and Africa are installing their first wind farms. A larger, more diverse market means increased competition and better prices for consumers.
Every morning when we wake up, we face a world that’s a little different from the day before. The recession has altered our living, employment and transportation patterns, and “adapt or die” is the new mantra. Some of the natural effects of a roller-coaster economy and rapidly changing needs of corporations are reflected in housing patterns and residential development.
Black Marble - City Lights 2012
The night side of Earth twinkles with light, and the first thing to stand out is the cities. “Nothing tells us more about the spread of humans across the Earth than city lights,” asserts Chris Elvidge, a NOAA scientist who has studied them for 20 years.
This new global view and animation of Earth’s city lights is a composite assembled from data acquired by the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (Suomi NPP) satellite. The data was acquired over nine days in April 2012 and thirteen days in October 2012. It took satellite 312 orbits and 2.5 terabytes of data to get a clear shot of every parcel of Earth’s land surface and islands. This new data was then mapped over existing Blue Marble imagery of Earth to provide a realistic view of the planet.
The nighttime view in visible light was made possible by the new “day-night band” of Suomi NPP’s Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite. VIIRS detects light in a range of wavelengths from green to near-infrared and uses filtering techniques to observe dim signals such as city lights, auroras, wildfires, and reflected moonlight. This low-light sensor can distinguish night lights with ten to hundreds of times better light detection capability than scientists had before.
Named for satellite meteorology pioneer Verner Suomi, NPP flies over any given point on Earth&rsquos surface twice each day at roughly 1:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The polar-orbiting satellite flies 824 kilometers (512 miles) above the surface as it circles the planet 14 times a day. Data is sent once per orbit to a ground station in Svalbard, Norway, and continuously to local direct broadcast users around the world. The mission is managed by NASA with operational support from NOAA and its Joint Polar Satellite System, which manages the satellite’s ground system.
NASA Earth Observatory image and animation by Robert Simmon, using Suomi NPP VIIRS data provided courtesy of Chris Elvidge (NOAA National Geophysical Data Center). Suomi NPP is the result of a partnership between NASA, NOAA, and the Department of Defense. Caption by Mike Carlowicz.
A 20-minute neighbourhood is one in which residents can get to most of their essential services or activities within 20 minutes by walking, biking or taking public transport…The focus is on day-to day activities that we do for necessity or enjoyment.
Fred Hansen on ‘urban villages’ -
a concept with much potential for making cities more sustainable.
I don’t know what else could possibly make a city consider plans for a park “as a public experience and urban mushroom farm,” but that’s precisely the result of a contest called
(For my part, I’d rather luxuriate atop abandoned elevated rail lines than in abandoned subterranean ones, but maybe they’ll be laughing in London in 12 years, too—see also
the “Low Line.”)
What happens to Olympic cities when the hundreds of thousands of visitor have all gone? Our new post looks at three decades of Olympic legacies.