• Just in time for planning your summer vacation, here’s Google’s latest. Their World Wonders Project uses Street View technology to allow you to tour gorgeous UNESCO World Heritage sites from Pompeii to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial. Right. Now.
• Speaking of touring World Heritage sites remotely, the Chinese metals and mining company China Minmetals Corporation spent $940 million to clone the entire picturesque village of Hallstatt, Austria, in the province of Guangdong.
• Pittsburgh, we have a problem. These photos are dirty—no, we don’t mean that kind of dirty. Check out these shots of Pittsburgh circa 1940–45, just when the city decided it had a pollution issue.
• According to a recent report by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, driving among the nation’s 16–34-year-olds declined 23 percent from 2001 to 2009, while transit use increased 40 percent. Do you think this trend is here to stay?
• From the Trust for Public Land, ParkScore measures and ranks the parks systems of the 40 largest cities in the U.S. San Francisco is the nation’s greenest city based on actual park size, followed by Sacramento, New York, Boston, and Washington, D.C. The loser? Fresno, CA, where more than 60 percent of residents do not have easy park access. ParkScore’s interactive features allow you to compare city to city.
• But having great parks is still not green enough for San Francisco: it’s on its way to being a zero-waste city. According to GOOD.is, “resource recovery” provider Recology is teaming up with IBM to use data to “tailor recycling management to specific neighborhoods” in the city. Already, between 2000 and 2011, Recology customers reduced the garbage they send to the landfill by nearly 50 percent, 1.2 million tons of paper were recycled (the equivalent of 20 million trees), and 135,000 tons of metal were repurposed, equaling a savings of 19 million gallons of gas.
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