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Lucas Joppa Connecting Environmental and Computer Science

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Lucas Joppa is a scientist in the Computational Ecology and Environmental Science group at Microsoft Research. I spent some time with Lucas to talk about what he does and what led him to this line of work as well as the importance of his work to Microsoft, part of which evolved into an initiative called Technology for Nature in conjunction with the Zoological Society of London, University College London, and Microsoft Research.  

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  • Jason818Jason818 Artist

    This was a very interesting topic. It gives me some good insight to real world situations of how large data is used. Its neat to see the passion for keeping birds and animals alive and forests green. Leave it to a bicycle racer to do this. I find that people who ride bikes have a more conscious interest in the world around them than those who drive cars. Not saying people who drive cars don't care, but fossil fuels is not good for the environment. 

    How does tracking the ecological environment make Microsoft Money? What is the motivation?

  • Proton2Proton2 18-24-61-B 17-17-4

    @Jason818: Fuels derived from ancient organic matter, called fossil fuels can cause air pollution when burnt, as anything that burns can. The carbon dioxide created from burning fossil fuels is plant food. I have been researching climate science for 4 years now and have yet to find any evidence that carbon dioxide emissions from anthropological sources, that make up just 3% of total global emissions from all sources, 97% are from natural sources, are not causing any harm to the environment. The global temperatures have not increased in the last 17 years, 3 months, even though emissions have increased 20% during this time.

    I'm a computer scientist and a mathematician, I rarely drive a car and have only purchased $10 worth of gas this entire century so far. I ride my bike or walk wherever I go, I don't even use public transport.

    Alternatives to fossil fuels have environmental consequences as well. 

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