EnergyPoints, a data mining startup, has developed a way to compare whether a wind farm or a desalination plant will do more good–using just one simple number.
There are any number of problems facing the world right now, and a limited amount of resources and time to handle them. Sometimes, you have to think about triage. But the scope of the problems can make that hard: What’s more important: creating clean energy or managing water scarcity. Those two issues are measured entirely differently, making it hard for non-experts to compare the two issues analytically.