Working out the details of a circular solar economy

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A new software model helps researchers consider what to do with end-of-life solar modules, guiding society toward a circular economy for these materials.

Animated map of EV charging stations shows huge dead zones around the country

Read the full story at Fast Company.

Electric vehicles are clearly the future, but their mass adoption is somewhat hindered by infrastructure rollout—namely, the charging stations that drivers need to keep them powered, especially on long cross-country trips.

But data compiled from geographic information systems firm Esri shows that some areas of the United States are doing better than others when it comes to charging stations. Using data from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuels Data Center, Esri has made an interactive map that shows the charging stations along major U.S. interstate routes that are over 1,000 miles long.

Green Finance Measures Database

The Green Finance Measures Database includes policy and regulatory measures issued by public authorities, including governments, central banks, financial regulators, and public financial institutions.

Norfolk Southern introduces online carbon calculator

Norfolk Southern has launched a new online carbon calculator to help customers measure and mitigate carbon emissions resulting from their supply chain decisions.

NS, which first introduced a carbon calculator in 2008, says its new version is more accurate because it captures the full cycle of fuel usage, with fuel consumption from locomotives applied to each railcar based on weight and distance traveled, as well as fuel used in yard and local operations, and container handling of intermodal traffic. The calculator offers fuel efficiency information for 18 railcar types and 30 commodities, plus intermodal.

Users enter the type of commodity they want to transport, shipment weight and frequency, then choose from over 75,000 origins and destinations in the U.S. The calculator provides data on estimated and avoided emissions, carbon dollars saved, highway miles avoided, trucks and cars taken off the road, and other carbon equivalents.

Read the company news release.

From museum to laptop: Visual leaf library a new tool for identifying plants

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Fossil plants reveal the evolution of green life on Earth, but the most abundant samples that are found — fossil leaves — are also the most challenging to identify. A large, open-access visual leaf library provides a new resource to help scientists recognize and classify these leaves.

New non-English language studies database: increasing the availability of conservation evidence

Read the full story at the Conservation Evidence blog.

We are delighted to announce that we have now launched our non-English language database of studies testing conservation actions on our website. This forms part of our freely available Conservation Evidence resource of systematically-gathered evidence designed to help support conservation management or policy decisions.

Amazon to have database on greenhouse gases

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A free-access platform with a wide diversity of data on greenhouse gas emissions in the Amazon is being built by the Research Center for Greenhouse Gas Innovation (RCGI), at the University of São Paulo (USP). The platform will combine variables that control the carbon cycle, in addition to providing assistance in analysis and studies into the region’s role in the global climate.

Currently underway, the first phase consists in the collection of remote sensing data, surface data, and already conducted modeling. Next, the researchers will begin to integrate the various databases and develop the artificial intelligence tools to extract qualified information from the system as a whole.

State Geological Survey gives infrastructure solid footing

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The Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS) is providing a solid foundation for infrastructure decisions.

ISGS offers an online, interactive map denoting locations of mine shafts, surface mines, underground mines and other subsurface features.

One of the most useful features, the “Coal Mines in Illinois Viewer,” allows anyone to type in a specific address and determine the proximity of a coal mine or underground industrial mine.

Electricity Map

Electricity Map’s open-source visualization shows the the climate impact of global electricity use in real time. Raw data are retrieved from a variety of public data sources, typically transmission system operators, balancing entities or market operators, which are listed here.

A Google-backed carbon footprint tracker could be a game-changer for small businesses

Read the full story at Protocol. The calculator is part of the SME Climate Hub.

Tracking carbon emissions is hard, especially for small and medium-sized businesses. A Google-backed company is coming to their rescue, though.

Swedish startup Normative introduced a free version of its carbon emissions tracker, which it created to help relatively small companies get a baseline understanding of their emissions. That’s the first step to putting together a climate plan.