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Cities will be able to monitor carbon emissions with online Microsoft application

By Kenneth Barbalace
[Friday, May 18, 2007]
Yesterday (May 17, 2007) Microsoft and the Clinton Foundation announced a partnership with the C40 Large Cities Climate Leadership Group, a consortium of 40 of the world's largest cities committed to fighting global warming, whereby Microsoft will develop tools to enable cities to accurately monitor, compare and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

According to the Clinton Foundation website, "Microsoft, together with a consortium of partners, will develop a single Web solution to allow cities to clearly understand their environmental footprint. With this information, cities can make better choices as they aim to improve their energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions."

The suite of tools and services being developed by Microsoft will ultimately help cities create a global standard for climate change accounting, mitigation and communications efforts. Microsoft is supposed to roll out the tools by the end of this year. Let's just hope Microsoft delivery date for these applications doesn't get delayed as bad as it did for Windows Vista.

In a related story, Fox News is reporting that the mayors of 500 U.S. cities have now signed a U.S. Conference of Mayors climate agreement that is in line with the Kyoto Protocol. New York Mayor Bloomberg is quoted as saying: "We cannot sit around and watch our environment deteriorate and put this world in jeopardy. The public wants action, and if you have a void, the mayors are going to fill that void."


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