entry one hundred and twenty two
G’day lumber lovers,
Trees are such generous souls! Not only do they give themselves up for a lifetime retirement in solid wood kitchens, but they also provide help to scientists from the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. Via some cunning new technology and the participation of local trees, these clever chaps from Down Under are able to measure the levels of available groundwater.
These team behind this new technology were recently named top 10 finalists in the Google Impact Challenge. According to project leader Derek Eamus, the equipment constitutes “an early warning system that, when attached to trees, can alert communities when excessive groundwater is being extracted.”
It works by using sensors that deliver real-time data from the trees themselves, which is then translated into easily understandable information for local communities in arid regions of Australia – and many other dry countries – to better manage the groundwater available to them.
Eamus claims that if fully implemented throughout arid regions of Australia, it could contribute $90million AUD to the economy, and secure food and water for these populations for many years to come.
The winners of the competition were announced on October 14th, and whilst Eamus’ project didn’t take the winner’s prize of $500,000AUD, as a runner-up they still received $250,000AUD and on-going help from those generous bods at Google.
Personally I’m a big fan of anything that combines technology and trees in one harmonious relationship; and whilst not on the scale as this project, our natural kitchens employ a similar ethos! We kit our oak furniture out with some fantastic technology such as Blum hinges and superb wirework, whilst working closely with some top appliance brands such as Neff, Rangemaster and Fisher & Paykel.
Ta ta for now,
The deTerra Diarist