Global science project links Android phones with satellites to improve weather forecasts

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Collecting satellite data for research is a group effort thanks to this app developed for Android users. Camaliot is a campaign funded by the European Space Agency, and its first project focuses on making smartphone owners around the world part of a project that can help improve weather forecasts by using your phone’s GPS receiver.

The Camaliot app works on devices running Android version 7.0 or later that support satellite navigation. The way satellite navigation works, phones or other receivers look for signals from a network of satellites that maintain a fixed orbit. The satellites send messages with the time and their location, and once it’s received, the phones note how long each message took to arrive, then use that data to figure out where on Earth they are.

Researchers think that they can use satellite signals to get more information about the atmosphere. For example, the amount of water vapor in the atmosphere can affect how a satellite signal travels through the air to something like a phone.

Food waste reduction app Flashfood raises $12.3M

Read the full story from Grocery Dive.

Flashfood has raised $12.3 million in a Series A funding round, the food waste reduction app announced on Monday. The round was led by S2G Ventures.

Flashfood, which partners with retailers to offer nearly-expired products at discounted prices, said it plans to use the funding to expand its U.S. presence. 

In its funding announcement, Flashfood noted the U.S. retail sector is losing $37 billion annually in value due to food reaching its best-by date before it gets sold. 

Environment Agency to develop climate change app

Read the full story at UK Authority.

The Environment Agency (EA) is moving forward with plans to develop a mobile app to encourage people to make lifestyle changes to combat climate change.

It has published a market notice for support in a private beta project to begin by early April, saying it is in support of the Government’s commitment to make the UK carbon neutral by 2050.

ZeLoop: an app using blockchain tokens to reward recycling

Read the full story at Packaging Europe.

The Readers’ Award finalist app ZeLoop is using cryptocurrency to incentivize consumers to recycle plastic bottles. Before recycling their bottles at one of 5000 crowdsourced collection points, users take a picture of the amount they are disposing of. Their picture is then verified, and they win blockchain tokens called Eco Rewards that they can exchange for goods and services.

New app tackles Mississippi River pollution

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The Quad Cities joined a new Mississippi River clean-up initiative that utilizes an app to track pollution data.

Xtreme cleanup and local governments have collaborated with the Mississippi River Plastic Pollution Initiative for a month-long program tracking data on litter along the river and the land that surrounds it. The app is called the Marine Debris Tracker app

PFAS in cosmetics: Clearya and GSPI found PFAS in 1,000 products from 120 brands

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Clearya is a browser plug-in and a mobile app for iPhone and Android phones that works automatically while consumers are shopping online. When users browse products on Amazon, Sephora, and other online stores, the cosmetics’ ingredients are automatically analyzed. As a result, the user is then instantly notified of unsafe chemicals it detects, including PFAS. The goal is to make it easy for shoppers to choose products without chemicals of concern and make informed decisions.

Nature is medicine. But what’s the right dose?

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A new app called NatureQuant harnesses the latest research to track and rate your time outside. Next up: determining how much you need.

Can gig workers help improve litter collection? Philadelphia app aims to tackle the problem

Read the full story at Waste Dive.

Glitter, backed by tech entrepreneurs and a sanitation worker turned Instagram star, asks sponsors to pay for neighborhood cleanups. So far, Philadelphia’s Streets Department is not convinced.

App eliminates food waste, supports local businesses and saves users money

Read the full story at Triple Pundit.

Discounted food, supporting local business, eliminating food waste and an element of surprise – the only thing Too Good To Go, a food app committed to ending food waste, is missing is a market in my stomping grounds of Atlanta (reference “heartbroken” in the dictionary for an apt description of how I felt when I realized this).

The app serves as a marketplace for hungry users looking to score “surprise bags” from restaurants dealing with a surplus of food. Instead of a bakery, for example, tossing away its unsold baguettes and croissants at the end of the night, a bread-loving consumer may pop into the app and purchase the goods at a fraction of the market rate. Too Good To Go calls its commitment to reducing food waste, trading otherwise trashed food for profits for business owners and boosting savings for hungry consumers a win-win-win.

Fishermen as scientists? A new app gathers climate observations from people on the water

Read the full story at KDLG.

Fishermen have observed changes in ocean ecosystems for years. But, there was no one place to record those observations. This summer, a new mobile app will gather observations from commercial fishermen on the water to bridge the gap between what they see, and what scientists need to know.