By John Roach, Contributing Writer, NBC News: Sometimes, drinking a few beers after class can save the planet. A just-launched online “game” dreamed up during one such beer-drinking session aims to do that by encouraging people around the world to supply much needed data about the world’s power plants that burn fossil fuels.
While the general whereabouts of these plants is known, in much of the world details are fuzzy on the kind of fuel they burn and how much electricity they produce, explained Kevin Gurney, a senior sustainability scientist at Arizona State University.
“My argument is that this is something that is actually locally known and so why not leverage that in a time in which social networks dominate our lives?” he told NBC News.
To do that, he and the students in his lab built Ventus, a website where anyone anywhere can enter what data they can about the world’s power plants including precise location, fuel type and electricity generation. The video below explains more about the project.