So, I’m behind on NaBloPoMo, REALLY behind. I feel bad, as I wanted to do the full month, but sometimes other things just get in the way. I’m not going to rest on it for too long, and instead have written the digest-style piece below covering seven interesting things I’ve seen or done in the past week:
1. Greenbang covered the new pan-European ‘Sensors Anywhere’ (SANY) project, which is attempting to make it possible for data could to be freely and easily exchanged by researchers across the globe. Most importantly for me, this would make it possible for policy-makers seeking ways to better adapt to climate change.
2. I spoke at the 140 character conference on Tuesday about G20 Voice and how the project only worked because of the technology we were able to use to ‘report back’. I meant to finish by saying that the key aspect was the element of freedom (no restrictions or expectations on what we had to cover) within a fairly strcutured programme. We as bloggers always expect to do whatever we want to, but actually, still respond to having some kind of schedule to dip in and out of.
3. Helen Christenson launched her photography show ‘Meltdown’ on Wednesday, which tracks her journey through her mother’s homeland, observing the effect of climate change on the landscape.
4. The highlight of the BIMA awards 2009 on Thursday was a performance by Beardyman. I couldn’t believe that one man could so acurately beatbox like that. Incredible.
5. Treehugger showed us a new stylish concept for solar power charging – the iPetal. It’s nowhere near production, but in a world where appearance is everything, it’s products like this that are going to drive a mass audience to ‘be green’.
6. A Guardian story popped up in my Google Reader during the week about Siemens’ new bulbs. Exciting huh? Well, actually the new LED lights use less than a quarter of the electricity of a standard traffic light, and cut down on emissions related to fleets of vans having to change them every six months. The concept won first prize this week in the energy and environment category of the inaugural iAwards, set up by the government’s Business, Innovation and Skills department.
7. Bizarre news came out yesterday that computer hackers had broken into computers at the Climate Research Unit (CRU) at East Anglia University and claim the data they found proves that global warming has been overstated. The CRU responded by saying; “[our] research is, and has always been, fully peer-reviewed by the relevant journals, and is one strand of research underpinning the strong consensus that human activity is affecting the world’s climate in ways that are potentially dangerous.”