Carbonware: Googling forests, Windows on your carbon
Microsoft’s “Bend the Trend” portal was released on Monday together with the European Environmental Agency, as “a multi-platform solution to showcase positive impacts we can all make to reduce global carbon emissions. “ …. “where users worldwide can pledge to make lifestyle changes which will have a positive impact on reduction of global carbon emissions. “ The system encourages individual commitments to reduce emissions and then maps individual user contributions to reducing emissions at scales ranging from individual users to national and global patterns. It’s a very interesting way to encourage individual commitments.
Google is supporting deforestation monitoring efforts with its support of web enabled mapping for the Carnegie Landsat Analysis System (CLASlite), and Brazil’s Imazon, Sistema de Alerta de Deforestation (SAD). These are designed to support efforts to reduce carbon emissions from deforestation in developing nations via the REDD program – now supported by COP 15. While there are issues with trying to use REDD to avoid global warming, this is a very useful contribution.
Given that international negotiations have yet to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, it is good to see the growing introduction of carbonware and other efforts to do this outside of governments. Now, if only we had “legally-binding” carbonware to visualize a real international agreement to reduce climate change!