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Feb. 15, 2012

Awesome apps are apt to ably assist action against climate change

by Neil Wagner

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Do you love your mobile electronic devices with a passion? Are you deeply concerned about our changing climate? Now you can indulge your intense passion and profound fear at the same time! I kid, of course. Many useful apps are now available that put real-time information at your fingertips to help our environment (and bottom line): everything from energy-efficiency, and green product information to scientific climate data.
 
Here are just a few apps you might want to check out:
  • The Skeptical Science iPhone app is produced by Australian solar physicist John Cook’s Skeptical Science blog. It provides answers to the arguments made by climate change skeptics. Stats, research… the works.
  • World Bank Climate Change DataFinder 2.5 from the World Bank provides easy access to indicators on climate change from around the world. View & share tables, charts and maps, and share them via Email and social media.
  • The Global Warming Prediction app provides a wealth of information for the climate change geek in your life. Land, air and sea surface temperature forecasts, predictions of Ozone concentration, sun activity, aerosols, additive cloud fraction, and much more!
  • GasHog™ is a utility for iPhone and iPod touch to track the fuel economy of your vehicles.
  • GreenMeter has been featured in NY TImes, LA Times, Wired and elsewhere. Use your iPhone or iPod Touch to calculate real time information that helps your vehicle’s power and fuel usage, increases your efficiency, and reduces your fuel consumption & environmental impact.
  • Carticipate reduces your gas expenses and greenhouse gas emissions by facilitating a ‘carticipating’ program with others in your community.
  • GoodGuide‘s detailed product information database ranks items according to their greenness.
For those interested in highly fictionalized depictions of the coming Zombie Apocalypse, AMC’s The Walking Dead offers some germane insights.
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About Neil Wagner

Neil Wagner's What on Earth? comic strip uses humor to discuss global warming.

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