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Google now monitoring Earth's environment with Google Earth Engine

Google is now using its Google Earth technology, including satellite imagery and historical data, to help scientists monitor changes in the Earth's environment. Google Earth Engine, now in Google Labs, combines Google Earth's data and Google's cloud computing infrastructure into a powerful environmental analysis package. Google Earth Engine can be used to measure all kinds of data about the...

In Europe? Bing-powered Water Watch shows you where it's safe to swim

There are plenty of good reasons to use web-based mapping tools besides simply finding directions from point a to point b. For example, let's say you're taking a holiday to Cork and you want to know where the good swimming spots are. Fortunately for you, Microsoft and the European Environment Agency have just the thing for you. The Eye on Earth Water Watch does exactly that for countless spots...

Save the Planet and Win: Environmental social network

Going green is more than just a trend, it's ultimately going to become the future. In order to improve sustainability and reduce carbon emissions, we all need to band together. The problem for a lot of people (I know it's a problem for me) is that going green is often well, boring. Berkeley, California based Save the Planet and Win is hoping to change that, by bringing some fun to the serious...

Fuelfrog: track gas mileage and cost

Fuelfrog is a web service for tracking your gas mileage and cost-per-gallon trends which can provide insight into your empty wallet. By adding simple information each time you fill up your car, Fuelfrog will chart that data to provide a gas history. Fuelfrog accepts updates via its website, but it also can accept data via Twitter direct message. Simply add your Twitter account to your Fuelfrog...

Reduce your computer's electric use with LocalCooling

LocalCooling is a free Windows utility that can help you configure power saving settings on Vista and XP machines. Honestly, it doesn't add any configuration options that you wouldn't find in the Control Panel, but LocalCooling does have one nifty feature that Microsoft doesn't include. It provides an educated guess of just how many watts your PC uses. Basically, LocalCooling scans your hardware...

Flipping the Linux switch: KDE, the K desktop environment

There's one thing for certain: Now is an exciting time to be a KDE user. The much anticipated launch of KDE 4 is slated for January 11th, 2008. This is a major revamp of the look and feel of the KDE desktop, with the inclusion of a built-in compositor (think eye candy) and something called "plasmoids" (little functional widgets embedded into your desktop). It's a lot of new bling aimed at...

Flipping the Linux switch: Desktop environments vs. window managers

Picture this: It's late at night. You've restarted your computer. The optical drive is whirring contentedly, but you have butterflies in your stomach. Tonight is the night you install Linux for the first time. You choose your language, and then your keyboard layout. This is pretty easy, so far. A partitioner works its magic on your hard disk, either resizing your Windows partition or wiping it...

Discovery puts up $10 million in green stuff for TreeHugger

Discovery Communications has acquired the environmentally-focused blog TreeHugger, in a deal that the New York Post reports was worth $10 million. Discovery Communications is the parent company of the Discovery Channel. TreeHugger has been online for nearly 4 years and has become a top site for environmental news, information, and tips. Blog founder Graham Hill says he'd been approached by more...

Blackle: saving the world by painting Google black

Apparently it takes more energy for your computer monitor to display a white web page than a black one. So while the modern web standard of white and bright colored backgrounds with dark text is great for readability, it might not be great for the planet. Heap Media decided to do something about it by creating a custom version of one of the most popular white-backgrounded sites on the web....

DIY Life : Recycling your old electronics

We know, being responsible is just so, hard. Electronics which run the nifty software we cover and love contain some nasty stuff that's not so friendly for the environment when left to rot in a landfill. So what's a gadget oving geek to do? Recycle. Our newest little sister, DIY Life, has a great article on the basics of responsibly recycling your old gear. So, clean out that junk drawer and...

Making the datacenter "Green" is harder than you think

Google and some of the other leading technology companies that depend on large amounts of power are working hard to ensure they are minimizing their power consumptions. In order to cut down costs of electricity and ensure that systems are running in optimal conditions, many data center's are turning to alternative energy to power their high end systems. Google has fitted the Googleplex to be...

Google joins the hybrid auto market sector

When we think about Google, we normally think about search, so what's the deal with the entry into the auto market? Google is set to give out $1 million in grants to fund the development of technology for both hybrid and electric cars. They are doing this through their philanthropic Google.org. The search giant also has a request for proposals on the table with a $10 million pot for any company...

Save a tree with Greenprint

How often do you try to print a website only to find that it prints a couple of extra pages with nothing but URLs and banner ads? Greenprint is a commercial utility that analyzes your print jobs and strips away pages that are essentially blank, saving you paper. At $35, it could take a while for a home user to save enough paper for the program to pay for itself. But there's an enterprise version...

Could there be a Mozilla Desktop Environment in the future

Could there secretly be a Mozilla desktop environment in the works? We could always use another competitor in the marketplace, and we would love few things more than if that competitor were the Mozilla Foundation. There's a discussion over at the Mozilla.dev.planning list that has stirred up the idea of building a Desktop Environment. The whole environment would be based on XUL (XML User...

It's easy being Green with BeGreenNow.com

I have yet to come across a Web 2.0 application that has to do with environmental awareness like BeGreenNow.com does. This unique online application lets you calculate your current carbon footprint and teaches you how to offset it to help make the world a little greener. BeGreenNow is also a portal that educates and inspires people to influence and help out when it comes to the global climate...