New ‘Ashtag’ app launches to curb spread of devastating disease

New ‘Ashtag’ app launches to curb spread of devastating disease
Experts at the University of East Anglia recently launched a new weapon in the fight against the deadly ash disease which threatens to wipe out 80 million UK trees, has seen ash imports to the UK suspended and large-scale tree felling tabled. But quick thinking environmental specialists at UEA’s Adapt Low Carbon Group have come up with a new smartphone app which will not only help monitor the spread of disease, but allow conservationists to target infected areas.

The free ‘Ashtag’ app will make it possible for anyone to take a photo of diseased leaves, shoots or bark and send it remotely to plant pathologists to identify whether or not the tree is infected. As well as collecting photographic evidence, the app also uses geo-tagging software to give a precise location of infected trees – allowing researchers and authorities to build up a picture of where the dieback is happening. This can then be used to target areas for culling to stop the spread of the disease.

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Fresh Kills Sneak Peak 2012

Fresh Kills Sneak Peak 2012

On Sunday, 23 September the NYC Parks & Recreation will open the 2,200-acre Fresh Kills Landfill for the third year to give a free sneak peek to the transformation into NYC’s biggest and most fascinating new park, on Staten Island’s west shore.

Put the event in your diary/smartphone for your sunday in the outdoors. Arrangements have been made for free shuttle buses from Staten Island Ferry so there is little stopping New Yorkers getting out to Fresh Kills for a Sneak Peak.

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