China has 8 cities with bigger bike share systems than all of America | Vox
The growth of bike share programs is gaining momentum in the US. But this growth is absolutely dwarfed by the explosion of bike share programs in China over the last couple of years. The country now has more than 400,000 bike share bikes in operation across dozens of cities with programs, with the vast majority installed since 2012. To put this in perspective, there are an estimated 822,00 bikes in operation around the world — so China has more bikes than all other countries combined. The individual country with the next-highest number of bikes, France, has just 45,000.

China has 8 cities with bigger bike share systems than all of America | Vox

The growth of bike share programs is gaining momentum in the US. But this growth is absolutely dwarfed by the explosion of bike share programs in China over the last couple of years. The country now has more than 400,000 bike share bikes in operation across dozens of cities with programs, with the vast majority installed since 2012. To put this in perspective, there are an estimated 822,00 bikes in operation around the world — so China has more bikes than all other countries combined. The individual country with the next-highest number of bikes, France, has just 45,000.

An App That Tracks Water Use In Real Time, So Californians Can Save In The Drought | FastCompany
Partnering with utility companies, Dropcountr is letting residents know for the first time how much water they are actually wasting. Dropcountr, now available both online and as an iPhone app (and coming on Android September 1), monitors water use daily so it can send daily reports showing trends over time. If the app notices unusually high numbers, it warns someone that they might have a leak. They can also see how much they’re using compared to neighbors with homes of a similar size.

An App That Tracks Water Use In Real Time, So Californians Can Save In The Drought | FastCompany

Partnering with utility companies, Dropcountr is letting residents know for the first time how much water they are actually wasting. Dropcountr, now available both online and as an iPhone app (and coming on Android September 1), monitors water use daily so it can send daily reports showing trends over time. If the app notices unusually high numbers, it warns someone that they might have a leak. They can also see how much they’re using compared to neighbors with homes of a similar size.

futurescope:

How to feed the cities of the future

I’m a huge fan of aquaponic/hydroponic and aeroponic systems. The tech varies between DYI low-fi and rocket science & it forces you to deal with natural homegrown food. It’s sustainable, cheap & efficient and it could be a gamechanger for our urban future.

Therefore I’m happy to see that The Verge started their second Detours season with Caleb Harper’s CityFARM project:

At MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Caleb Harper’s CityFARM demonstrates the future of food production. He grows plants through aeroponics, a system that produces plants without soil. Plants are hooked up to servers and misting mechanisms. LEDs fill in for the sun and ladybugs (purchased on Amazon) occasionally make an appearance. Plants are periodically sprayed with a nutrient-rich mist that provides optimal pH balance. Light and temperatures are closely monitored. The environment nurtures plants that have twice the nutrient density of their conventional counterparts. Lettuce, bok choy, and tomatoes have already fed the scientists in the lab.

[read more] [hydropnics & aquaponics on futurescope]

Three Energy Solutions That Throw Caution to the Wind | People for Smarter Cities
With global energy consumption increasing, demand is surging for renewable energy resources. Read how three smart innovations in wind energy are helping to deliver maximum power with minimal impact.

Three Energy Solutions That Throw Caution to the Wind | People for Smarter Cities

With global energy consumption increasing, demand is surging for renewable energy resources. Read how three smart innovations in wind energy are helping to deliver maximum power with minimal impact.