The Australian government has announced it is to invest A$58.8m (US$40.1m) over the next two and a half years to strengthen its scientific and environmental leadership in Antarctica.
The investment will advance the design and environmental assessments required to build Antarctica’s first ever paved aerodrome near Davis research station – one of three permanent bases and research outposts in Antarctica managed by the Australian Antarctic Division.
According to the government, the project will dramatically enhance Australia’s scientific capacity in the region allowing year-round expeditions to map climates, conduct environmental research and monitor global events, such as iceberg calvings or major volcanic eruptions.
Experts from New Zealand-based energy provider Vector Energy discuss how it is using new tools from IBM to better predict the impact of weather on outages. Through its subsidiary The Weather Company, IBM has provided Vector with artificial intelligence (AI) and data-driven analytics tools that it says will help the company drive down the number of weather-related outages.
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John Liljelund, head of Air Quality, Vaisala looks at how new technologies are enabling the progression from passive monitoring toward active management of air quality.
Problems related to air quality are gaining increased media attention. Whether it’s about Delhi or Shenzhen, news about historically severe levels of air pollution are becoming more and more common. We also learn more about both direct and indirect consequences, related to issues as diverse as respiratory diseases and learning ability.
But air quality is also a challenge for Europe. The European Environment Agency recently estimated that almost all Europeans living in cities are still exposed to air pollution levels that exceed the health-based air quality guidelines set by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
DPDgroup has launched a new air quality monitoring program to help cities better monitor pollution. The program, which is set to be rolled out to 20 European cities over the next two years, sees DPDgroup’s fleet and facilities equipment with sensors which collect data on air quality. This data is then fed back to authorities and citizens in a useable web interface. To read more on the project, click here.
International parcel delivery service provider DPDgroup has announced that it is to roll out a unique air quality monitoring program to 20 European cities over the next two years. The program will use sensors on DPD’s vehicle fleet to capture data on air quality in the cities.
The initiative has already been trialled successfully in Lisbon, Madrid and Paris. It is part of the group’s corporate and social responsibility program, DrivingChange. Yves Delmas, chief operating officer, DPDgroup, “The global community demands cleaner air and DPDgroup is in a unique position to help. We want to bring benefits both to cities, end-consumers and citizens.”
Talking about how the program has benefited Lisbon, Miguel Gaspar, deputy mayor, City of Lisbon, said, “This initiative is really useful for our city.
New Zealand’s national meteorological service, MetService, has landed a contract to provide its weather graphics to Al Jazeera Media Network.
The three-year deal will see MetService’s innovative weather graphics system, Weatherscape XT, used in TV weather forecasts for the Qatar-based global news network’s audience of 566 million households worldwide. As part of the deal MetService will also provide weather data for 3,000 cities around the world covered by Al Jazeera.
MetService chief executive Peter Lennox said he was proud to be adding Al Jazeera to the organization’s list of clients. “This is a great example of MetService exporting Kiwi smarts to the world,” said Lennox.
Greenhouse gases in the atmosphere hit a record in 2018, said the WMO, warning of the “severe impacts” of this continuing trend for future generations.
The WMO reported its findings in its Greenhouse Gas Bulletin, which gives the atmospheric concentration of the gases responsible for global warming, rather than emissions.
It found that globally averaged concentrations of carbon dioxide reached 407.8 parts per million in 2018, up from 405.5 parts per million in 2017. The CO2 increase from 2017 to 2018 was about the same as from 2016 to 2017 and just above the average for the last decade, the WMO said.
A new system for early warning of coastal flooding has gone into operation in the Fiji islands.
The new platform will help save lives and protect property in low-lying, populated coastal areas among the 330 islands that make up the South Pacific nation.
Fiji is particularly vulnerable to flooding, with the risk from tropical cyclones and dangerous storm surges exacerbated by shallow coastal shelves in the northern portion of the country. Meanwhile Fiji’s southern seaboard is vulnerable to flooding from swell caused by storms formed in the Southern Ocean near Australia and New Zealand.
This vulnerability was made clear in 2016 with the devastation caused by Cyclone Winston, a category 5 storm that killed 44 people, most from drowning, and caused US$1.4 billion in damages.