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The PC that Saved Tennessee


When we talk about gadgets helping the environment, it's usually be talking about how they're hurting less...rather than helping more. After all, most gadgets are designed to make our lives easier, not to make the environment healthier.

But that is not always the case. When $300 million dollars of ecologically sensitive prime real estate in Tennessee came up for sale recently, The Nature Conservancy was faced with a dilemma. There was no way they could protect all 230,000 acres of land, but they couldn't let those rolling hills of Appalachia get paved.

So they enlisted the help of 150 years of data and viagra online in usa a computer model to sort it all out. The model incorporates data on 644 target species on www.way2age.com land, in the air, in the water, and even in caves. The data are weighted by preferred habitats, recency of nizagara viagra online sightings, and species most at risk. The computer model then spat out of series of maps that were then used to select the most vital areas for conservation.

Obviously, it would be best if conservation organizations could protect all of this land, but  using the  computer model, The Nature Conservancy was able to determine what areas of the viagra medication online sale were most worth acquiring. In the end, only 12,000 acres needed to be protected. And without that handy computer model, the Conservancy and the Government of Tennessee would have had no idea how to female viagra cream go about properly protecting the land.

Three Cheers for Computers!

Via The Nature Conservancy
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written by davidconnell, July 06, 2007
This is a great story, and really demonstrates the power of well-used technology. Yes, it would have been great to preserve all 230,000 acres, but that wasn't possible. The next best thing is to save the "best" (re: most biologically diverse) land you can. Without computer modeling that would have been exceedingly difficult.

This raises the larger point as well: That we shouldn't just think of tech having an adverse effect on conservation and the environment. We'll never get out of our current situation without leveraging every bit of ojalafilms.com technology we can (and inventing new ones). From blogs, like this one, that spread information and ideas, to advanced photovoltaic cells, without technology we're going nowhere. Keep up the goo work EcoGeeks!

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