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Our streets may be clogged with self-driving cars: “In fact the roads might still be crowded, because the VMT, or vehicle miles traveled, will not necessarily go down; there will just be fewer cars on the road longer. Dr. Kara Kockelman of the University of Texas, thinks that in fact they may add to congestion, telling a South by Southwest crowd: “I don’t think these cars are going to help us with congestion. I think they’re going to make it worse.”

An Overhead “Sky Garden” Comes To Seoul: “A Skygarden will be comprised of path of 24,000 plants and trees organized in alphabetical order and arranged into different “neighborhoods” based on their names in the Korean alphabet. And there’s an educational aspect to the project as well: each plant will be labeled, and ideally, pedestrians will be able to learn about the different types of plants from South Korea on their walk across the pathway.”

PlantSnap: PlantSnap is a mobile app that helps you identify plants, flowers and trees. Simply snap a photo of the plant, and PlantSnap tells you what it is! Currently in beta, this app plans to launch this spring.

“The great bee bumble: Cheerios wanted to help. Its plan went terribly wrong: Cheerios, owned by General Mills, stuck 1.5 billion packaged wildflower seeds in boxes so that patrons could plant them. It was part of the company’s Bring Back the Bees campaign, complete with its own hashtag, which sought to create habitat that bees are losing to development, farms and insecticides. But some of the seeds on the list are invasive species that kill native plants and take over the places where they grow.”

“Fountain Valley adopts a plan, with color-coded threat level, for dealing with coyotes: Fountain Valley now has a road map for dealing with coyotes. The Coyote Management Plan acknowledges that the animals are California natives that have long roamed the area and are an important part of the natural balance, but that they are also clever and adaptable and can cause problems in the human world.”


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