Working together from COP17 to help save tomorrow

On June 20th 2012, in the presence of Prime Minister of Denmark Helle Thorning-Schmidt, sustainability legend Gro Harlem Brundtland, IPCC Chair Rajendra K. Pachauri, EU Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard and 150 VIP guests at Rio+20, Eye on Earth has been chosen for the prestigious SUSTAINIA 100 list of solutions. For more information, you can visit: http://www.esri.com/news/releases/12-2qtr/eye-on-earth-honoured-as-a-top-sustainable-solution-at-rio20.html


Under this year’s theme of “Working Together: Saving Tomorrow Today” from the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Microsoft and our partners, the European Environment Agency (EEA) and Esri announced yesterday the Eye on Earth Network – a cloud-hosted online community for developing services that map environmental parameters. We also announced the next version of the Eye on Earth Watches with the brand new NoiseWatch which includes the innovative NoiseMeter mobile phone application, allowing citizens to easily take noise level reading of their environment and upload the data directly into NoiseWatch.

Prof. Jacqueline McGlade, the executive director of the EEA, presented the news in the closing plenary of the COP Climate Communications Day and at two side events hosted by TechAmerica. At each engagement we demoed the Watches (Air, Noise, Water) – showing first-hand how cloud computing, geospacial technology and environmental data, when combined, produce new and better information on the environment and empower citizens to get more informed and involved in helping to save the planet.

Everywhere we’ve gone these last few days we meet more stakeholders who have great ideas on how to work together to help save our planet and many are coming up with excellent ideas on how to further leverage the Eye on Earth network.

One of the most interesting discussions has been how to collaborate with the Wonderbag organization. Over breakfast we were discussing how to leverage technology to make it even easier to understand and track the carbon reduction achieved when people use the Wonderbag to cook a meal instead of traditional fuel sources. This is just one of many ideas being considered.

So many good ideas and so much good technology to help make them a reality…let’s keep working together.

For more information on Microsoft’s activities at COP17, click here.

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