Real time global carbon counter in NYC

I haven’t seen this yet but definitely worth checking out during my lunch break.

A new real-time global carbon counter was unveiled last week in the heart of New York City at 33rd Street and 7th Avenue, outside Madison Square Garden and Penn Station (near Macy’s). The installer, Deutsche Bank said this world’s first scientifically valid, real-time carbon counter is part of their climate-change awareness and education initiative.

The 70-foot-tall digital billboard Carbon Counter displays the running total of long-lived 24 greenhouse gases (excluding ozone and aerosols) in the atmosphere based on measurements developed by scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

The current quantity of GHG in the atmosphere as shown by the Carbon Counter is 3.64 trillion metric tons, increasing by approximately 2 billion metric tons per month. Businessgreen.com reported the counter would lag slightly behind real time (according to MIT) as the rate of increase in emissions would be based on data collected on a monthly basis.

If you’re wondering the footprint of this billboard, Deutsche Bank said it is generated by low-energy light emitting diodes (LEDs).

The Carbon Counter Number is available 24 hours a day at know-the-number.com and widgets can also be downloaded at Deutsche Bank’s website.

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