Diverse climate actors show limited coordination in a large-scale text analysis of strategy documents

Our new open-access paper in Nature Communications Earth and Environment utilizes natural language processing techniques and a database of over 9,000 city, regional and national government, and corporate climate actions to understand how actors are taking climate action and whether they are coordinated. 

ClimActor: Harmonized transnational data on climate network participation by city and regional governments

In our new paper in Scientific Data, we make available the largest global database of city and regional government participation in climate action. We also developed an R package to enable efficient data cleaning and addition of contextual data to subnational actors making climate mitigation targets. 

Navigating the nuances of net-zero targets

A follow up to our September 2020 report, Navigating the nuances of net-zero targets dives deeper into analyzing the ambition of net-zero targets by cities, regions and businesses. The report is filled with useful case studies and best practices for net-zero target setters to achieve ambition and transparency, while equipping citizens with the knowledge to better assess these targets

TED Countdown

Cities generate more than 70 percent of global climate emissions. But they’re also among the most vulnerable places to climate change’s impacts. They have the ability to steer our climate future. Check out Angel’s talk featuring Data-Driven Lab’s work in the TED Climate Countdown event.

Accelerating Net Zero: Exploring Cities, Regions, and Companies' Pledges to Decarbonise

Cities, regions and companies are pledging to net-zero emissions on a growing scale, taking important steps towards keeping the Paris Agreement within reach. The number of local governments and businesses committing to a net-zero emissions target by the end of the century has grown since late 2019, according to a new analysis from Data-Driven EnviroLab and NewClimate Institute.

Tracking cities' progress towards their climate action commitments

Cities are pledging to take climate action in growing numbers. But are they on track to deliver their goals? An analysis from Data-Driven Lab, published in Nature Climate Change, finds that 60 percent of 1,000 European cities are on track to achieve their 2020 greenhouse gas emission reduction targets.

Correcting course: the emission reduction potential of international cooperative initiatives

A new Climate Policy article, which includes Data-Driven EnviroLab Director Angel Hsu and Research Associate Amy Weinfurter among its authors, finds that emissions reductions from 17 climate initiatives would help put the world on course to achieve the Paris Agreement’s goals of preventing global temperatures from rising more than 2C.

U.S. Surface Urban Heat Island Intensity Explorer

Explore disparities in Surface Urban Heat Island Intensity (SUHI) in all 497 urbanized areas in the U.S in our new Google Earth Engine app. Read more about the dataset development in our new paper, “A spatially explicit surface urban heat island database for the United States: Characterization, uncertainties, and possible applications,” led by T.C. Chakraborty.

Urban Environment and Social Inclusion Index featured at World Urban Forum

The Urban Environment and Social Inclusion Index (UESI) — the first spatially explicit Index measuring how cities around the world perform on environmental issues like climate change, air quality, public transport, and green space — now includes more than 160 cities. 

Beyond national climate action: the impact of region, city, and business commitments on global greenhouse gas emissions

Regions, cities, and businesses operating within ten of the world’s major emitting economies could reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by 3.5-5.5 percent in 2030, compared with the emissions expected from current national policies, according to a new article co-authored by Data-Driven Lab in Climate Policy.



Inaugural Open Climate Collaborathon Concludes at COP-25

Featuring 8 nodes, 21 prompts, and 350 participants, the Collabathon convened experts from a range of backgrounds to develop radical technological solutions to some of the most intractable issues in climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Cities, regions, and businesses can help achieve national climate goals

A new report finds 10 high-emitting economies could meet or overachieve their pledged greenhouse gas emissions cuts with help from cities, regions and businesses. 



New paper explores disproportionate exposure to Urban Heat Island in Cities

TC Chakraborty, Angel Hsu, Diego Manya and Glenn Sheriff examine Urban Heat Island (UHI) distribution in 25 cities around the world, using satellite remote sensing data to reveal differences in factors that contribute to unequal exposure to UHI.



How cities are failing to be inclusive - and what they can do about it

On the World Economic Forum blog, Data-Driven director Angel Hsu and Samuel Centre for Social Connectedness founder Kim Samuel discuss the world’s progress towards its goal of fostering sustainable, inclusive cities.

The Data-Driven EnviroLab (Data-Driven Lab) uses cutting edge data analytics to create solutions to the world’s environmental problems. The research group is an interdisciplinary collaboration of policy experts, data scientists, visual designers, and interactive programmers. The group was founded and is led by Dr. Angel Hsu.

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