As the world works toward a greener future, new tools are needed to study the impact humans have on the environment. For most urban areas, the annual carbon footprint of a single city can range from “40 to 80 metric tons of carbon dioxide” according to Business Insider. Fortunately, environmental sensor technologies have greatly improved in recent years, and we now are able to study our carbon footprint and impact in ways we could only dream of a decade ago. Leveraging the Internet of Things to connect sensors across a city or geographic region to a single network could mean even more information for scientists, meteorologists, and ecologists everywhere.
The lawn care market—which includes everything from private residences to condo/apartment complexes and golf courses—has gone through significant changes over the years. Concerns over the use of toxic pesticides/fertilizers, water consumption, and the need to have green grass have shifted the industry from its ‘green at all costs’ roots. Even the image-conscious Playboy Mansion let all its lawns go brown during one severe California drought, and the Playboy organization clearly had the resources to pay for any amount of water. Plus, millennials (who ultimately will represent the largest spending group) simply aren’t interested in ‘keeping up with the Joneses’ when it comes to lawn care.