New York’s Giant Carbon Counter Revealed Today
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Scientists from all over the country worked on the counter carbon project, which will also serve as an advertisement for sponsors like Deutsche Bank.
Jeffrey Sachs of Columbia University and John Reilly of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology were present among the rest of the people who attended the unveiling.
Reilly mentioned that creating a real-time counter that displays economic indicators and updated gas emissions level was actually a technical challenge.
After Reilly ended his speech, it was Sachs’ turn to speak as the rain pelted the white press tent. Sachs highlighted the weather outside was only appropriate, since a recent report on climate change forecasted rainier weather in the Northeast.
The counter displays the total of all greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide, reporting them in carbon dioxide equivalents. However, it doesn’t take into account the effects of natural cycles or aerosols.
According to Deutsche Bank, the counter is carbon neutral and its power consumption is offset with Certified Emission Reductions, or CERS. It contains 40,960 energy efficient light emitting diodes, which use 83 percent less power per pixel than the news ticker Dow Jones installed in Times Square in 1997.
The counter is powered from the city grid, but representatives did not have information on its total power consumption.
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