blockitecture leaderboard

Google Maps Methane Leaks in Three U.S. Cities

Google, partnering with the Environmental Defense Fund, has created a series of maps locating methane leaks around three cities in the United States. The question of just how much methane is leaking in a given city comes down to infrastructure.

In three U.S. cities, Boston, Staten Island, and Indianapolis, "Google cars roamed over the past year equipped with sensors to record methane leaks from utility pipes," according to Anya Litvak.

Their purpose: partnering with the Environmental Defense Fund, to map methane leaks. Methane is the second most prevalent greenhouse gas emitted by the human activity of the United States, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, although it is 21-times as powerful as carbon dioxide at trapping heat in the atmosphere.

"Gas utilities are required to calculate and report their lost gas rate to the state Public Utility Commission annually, but they don’‍t map the leaks and categorize them by flow rate the way EDF and Google did."

Full Story: Google, nonprofit map gas leaks in U.S. cities

Comments

building block set

NEW! Build the world you want to see

Irresistible block set for adults when placed on a coffee table or desk, and great fun for kids.
$25
Red necktie with map of Boston

For dads and grads: tie one on to celebrate your city!

Choose from over 20 styles imprinted with detailed city or transit maps.
$44.95
City Plate table setting

New Arrival! City Plates

City downtown cores printed on gorgeous decorative collectible porcelain plates.
$50.00
Women's t-shirt with map of Los Angeles

City T-Shirts for the ladies!

Women's Supersoft CityFabric© Fashion Fit Tees. Now available in six different cities.
$24.00