Many U.S. cities cannot measure climate emissions progress

Thomas Reuters Foundation News | Sebastien Malo, July 26, 2019 Many U.S. cities cannot measure climate emissions progress American cities including Atlanta, Miami and New Orleans that set goals to slash planet-warming greenhouse emissions are lacking the data to measure their progress, scientists said in a new report. Some 40% of U.S. cities that committed to cutting emissions are unable …

10,000 aggregated distributed energy assets take advantage of a software platform that connects them and helps decide when to charge and when to discharge

“To take advantage of when to charge and when to discharge —  and bid into the wholesale market — you need a software platform to connect all of the batteries together,” Sternberg said. The software platform monitors battery telemetry — the current state of charge and the battery’s capacity to offer power to the grid or take from the grid. An …

I left the ad industry because our use of data tracking terrified me: With every post, click, and purchase, we have become the product, and we never agreed to that

June 2019 excerpt from Fast Company Advertising had ceased to be about connecting with consumers—it was now about finding novel ways of extracting evermore personal information from computers, phones, and smart homes. To many of the most powerful and profitable companies in the world, we are the products, and the services we all use are just afterthoughts they put out to keep …

By the time today’s teenagers hit their 30s, there will be — for the first time ever — more minorities than whites, more old people than children, and more people practicing Islam than Judaism

The big picture: The slow demographic shifts we’ve watched over decades will finally reach a tipping point in the 2040s. They’ll transform what America looks like, where we live and what we fear. Here is how fast America is changing: By the time today’s teenagers hit their 30s, there will be — for the first time ever — more minorities than …

SharedStreets data standard lets companies and cities seamlessly exchange information on safety, curb-use and transit management, bridging previously incompatible formats for public and private use

Feb 22, 2018, NACTO and the Open Transport Partnership Launch SharedStreets: SharedStreets is a first-of-its-kind data-sharing and planning standard featuring industry-leading safety, curb-use and transit management tools to digitally connect the public and private sectors The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) and the Open Transport Partnership today announced the launch of SharedStreets, a first-of-its-kind transportation data standard and …

The transformative potential of real-time transportation coordination, helping cities to rethink how they manage road space, address transport equity, and approach public-private collaborations

By Kevin WebbFollow, Jan 12, 2017 Editor’s note: Kevin Webb spent 2016 as an entrepreneur-in-residence at Sidewalk Labs, exploring the impact of digital communications technologies on transportation. For all the heavy partisanship of this election season, the one area of near agreement was over the need to improve America’s transportation infrastructure. Whether or not President-elect Trump’s infrastructure ideas see the light …

New tools to see energy from space, analyze best options

WRI, May 2019 Seeing Energy from Space Being able to see energy infrastructure from space allows researchers to not only identify the location of key infrastructure, but to determine key characteristics, such as a power plants’ fuel type, cooling technology, and emission plumes.  In the past, when electricity data was not reported, there were no alternative sources. Today we can use …

147 million years of healthy life lost, every year: now info on the sources will be available, from every single power plant in the world, in real-time, via satellite

A nonprofit artificial intelligence firm called WattTime is going to use satellite imagery to precisely track the air pollution (including carbon emissions) coming out of every single power plant in the world, in real time. And it’s going to make the data public. WattTime, a nonprofit that is now a subsidiary of the Rocky Mountain Institute, made a splash earlier this year with Automated …

Chicago publishes ride-hailing info on open data portal

Katie Pyzyk on Smart Cities Dive, April 16, 2019 Chicago has published comprehensive data from ride-hailing companies including Uber, Lyft and Via on its open data portal. The data sets provide the public with information about ride-hailing trips, drivers and vehicles. The city reports that it took the key step of removing sensitive personal information to maintain driver, rider and company privacy. The data sets …

It is about the abuse of power, and standing up to power: Facebook has been used to undermine elections all across the world, including our own

Cambridge Analytica a year on: ‘a lesson in institutional failure’: One year after she broke the scandal, Carole Cadwalladr talks to whistleblower Christopher Wylie about the fallout for big tech, and the fight to hold the culprits to account.  In March 2018, Wylie showed the Guardian/Observer a cache of documents revealing how CA had engaged a research company to mine the data of …