Our Publications

This list is currently incomplete and is being updated.

Citizen science and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Steffen Fritz, Linda See, Tyler Carlson, Mordechai Haklay, Jessie L. Oliver, Dilek Fraisl, Rosy Mondardini, Martin Brocklehurst, Lea A. Shanley, Sven Schade, Uta Wehn, Tommaso Abrate, Janet Anstee, Stephan Arnold, Matthew Billot, Jillian Campbell, Jessica Espey, Margaret Gold, Gerid Hager, Shan He, Libby Hepburn, Angel Hsu, Deborah Long, Joan Masó, Ian McCallum, Maina Muniafu, Inian Moorthy, Michael Obersteiner, Alison J. Parker, Maike Weissplug & Sarah West (2019). Citizen science and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Nature Sustainability. DOI: 10.1038/s41893-019-0390-3 

Emerging digital environmental governance in China: the case of black and smelly waters in China

Angel Hsu, Zhi Yi Yeo & Amy Weinfurter (2019) Emerging digital environmental governance in China: the case of black and smelly waters in China, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, DOI: 10.1080/09640568.2019.1661228.

Global climate action from cities, regions and businesses: Impact of individual actors and cooperative initiatives on global and national emissions

NewClimate Institute, Data-Driven Lab, PBL, German Development Institute/Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford. 2019 edition. Research report prepared by the team of: Takeshi Kuramochi, Swithin Lui, Niklas Höhne, Sybrig Smit, Maria Jose de Villafranca Casas, Frederic Hans, Leonardo Nascimento, Paola Tanguy, Angel Hsu, Amy Weinfurter, Zhi Yi Yeo, Yunsoo Kim, Mia Raghavan, Claire Inciong Krummenacher, Yihao Xie, Mark Roelfsema, Sander Chan, Thomas Hale.

Disproportionately higher exposure to urban heat in lower-income neighborhoods: a multi-city perspective

Tirthankar Chakraborty, Angel Hsu, Diego Manya, and Glen Sheriff. (2019). Environ. Res. Lett. in press https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/ab3b99.

Black and Smelly Waters: How Citizen-Generated Transparency is Addressing Gaps in China's Environmental Management

Angel Hsu, Amy Weinfurter, Jeffrey Tong & Yihao Xie (2019): Black and Smelly Waters: how citizen-generated transparency is addressing gaps in China’s environmental management, Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning, DOI: 10.1080/1523908X.2019.1654365

Exploring links between national climate strategies and non-state and subnational climate action in nationally determined contributions (NDCs)

Hsu, A., Brandt, J., Widerberg, O., Chan, S., and A. Weinfurter. (2019). Exploring links between national climate strategies and non-state and subnational climate action in nationally determined contributions (NDCs). Climate Policy. 

Tracking global climate change adaptation among governments

Lea Berrang-Ford, Robbert Biesbroek, James D. Ford, Alexandra Lesnikowski, Andrew Tanabe, Frances M. Wang, Chen Chen, Angel Hsu, Jessica J. Hellmann, Patrick Pringle, Martina Grecequet, J.-C. Amado, Saleemul Huq, Shuaib Lwasa & S. Jody Heymann. (2019). Tracking global climate change adaptation among governments. Nature Climate Change9(6), 440.

A Research Roadmap for Quantifying Non-State and Subnational Climate Action

Hsu, A., Höhne, N., Kuramochi, T., Roelfsema, M..Weinfurter, A., Xie, Y., Lütkehermöller, K., Chan, S., Corfee-Morlot, J., Drost, P., Faria, P., Gardiner, A., Gordon, D.J., Hale, T., Hultman, N.E., Moorhead, J., Reuvers, S., Setzer, J., Singh, S., Weber, C., Widerberg, O. (2019). A Research Roadmap for Quantifying Non-State and Subnational Climate Action. Nature Climate Change, Nature Climate Change, 9: 1–17.

The Urban Environment and Social Inclusion Index

Hsu, A., N. Alexandre, J. Brandt, T. Chakraborty, S. Comess, A. Feierman, T. Huang, S. Janaskie, D. Manya, M. Moroney, N. Moyo, R. Rauber, G. Sherriff, R. Thomas, J. Tong, Y. Xie, A. Weinfurter, Z. Yeo (in alpha order), (2018). 2018 Urban Environment and Social Inclusion Index. New Haven, CT: Yale University. Available: datadrivenlab.org/urban

UNEP Emissions Gap Report Non-State Actors Chapter

Hsu, A.; Widerberg, O.; Weinfurter, A.; Chan, S.; Roelfsema, M.; Lütkehermöller, K. and Bakhtiari, F.
(2018). Bridging the emissions gap – The role of nonstate and subnational actors. In The Emissions Gap
Report 2018. A UN Environment Synthesis Report. United Nations Environment Programme. Nairobi.

Global climate action of regions, states and businesses

Data Driven Yale, NewClimate Institute, PBL 2018: Global climate action of regions, states and businesses. Research report published by Data Driven Yale, NewClimate Institute, PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, prepared by project team of Angel Hsu, Amy Weinfurter, Andrew Feierman, Yihao Xie, Zhi Yi Yeo, Katharina Lütkehermöller, Takeshi Kuramochi, Swithin Lui, Niklas Höhne, Mark Roelfsema. Available at http://bit.ly/yale-nci-pbl-global-climate-action.

Mission 2020: The Climate Turning Point

“2020: The Climate Turning Point” – the campaign will highlight why the 2020 turning point is necessary, and importantly how it can be realistically achieved, thanks to exponentially growing climate action. The new report, a collaboration between Data-Driven Yale, Carbon Tracker and Climate Action Tracker (a consortium of Ecofys, New Climate Institute and Climate Analytics), with a contribution by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, summarizes the most up to date scientific basis for urgent action to reduce carbon emissions and provides a roadmap of action to 2020.

From Citizens to Satellites : Third-Wave Data Approaches in China Towards a New Environmental Data Paradigm in China

Hsu, A., A. Weinfurter, C. Yan, and Y.Cheng. (2017). From citizens to satellites: third-wave data approaches in China. Yale Data-Driven. Available from: https://datadrivenlab.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Third_Wave_Exec_Summary_FINAL.pdf

Addressing Gaps in China's Environmental Data: The Existing Landscape

Hsu, A., C. Yan, and Y.Cheng. (2017). Addressing Gaps in China’s Environmental Data: The Existing Landscape. Available from: https://datadrivenlab.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/ThirdWave_Data_Gap_Analysis_Final.pdf

The Potential for Citizen-Generated Data in China

Hsu, A., A. Weinfurter, and C. Yan. (2017). The Potential for Citizen-Generated Data in China. Available from: https://datadrivenlab.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/The-Potential-for-Citizen-Generated-Data-in-China.pdf.

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in Developing Countries: Contributions to Reducing Global Emissions

Developing countries are achieving low-cost emissions reductions through renewable energy
(RE) and energy efficiency (EE) projects and initiatives. The focus of this report is to evaluate
the impact of these projects in terms of measurable greenhouse gas emissions’ reductions to
help close the emissions gap needed to meet the 2°C climate goal.

Who's Acting on Climate Change? Subnational and Non-State Global Climate Action

Released at the COP-23 in Bonn, Germany, this report provides a snapshot of subnational and non-state actors taking action on climate change.

Aligning subnational climate actions for the new post-Paris climate regime

Hsu, A., Weinfurter, A.J. & Xu, K. Aligning Sub-national Climate Actions for the Post-Paris Regime. Climatic Change (2017). doi:10.1007/s10584-017-1957-5.

Nature: Track Climate Pledges of Cities and Companies

Hsu, A., Y. Cheng, A. Weinfurter, K. Xu, and C. Yick. (2016). Track climate pledges of cities and companies. Nature 532: 303-305.

Taking Stock of Global Climate Action

Released at the COP-22 in Marrakech, Morocco, this report provides a snapshot of subnational and non-state actors taking action on climate change.

Renewable energy and energy efficiency in developing countries: contributions to reducing global emissions

As the Paris Agreement enters into force less than a year after its adoption, countries are preparing to implement their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), developing plans to reach their targets. Renewable energy (RE) and energy efficiency (EE) initiatives are central pillars of these national plans and will be integral to countries’ ability to meet their commitments. This report evaluates the mitigation potential for 224 internationally-supported projects in developing countries.

Understanding NAZCA: Challenges and Future of the World's Largest Voluntary Climate Action Platform

In partnership with the French Energy and Environmental Management Agency (ADEME), Data-Driven Yale evaluates more than 11,000 climate actions have been pledged in the last several years alone. To gauge the broad array of global climate actions, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) launched the Non-State Action Zone for Climate Action (NAZCA) platform in December 2014. NAZCA shows the vast scale of pledged and ongoing actions from non-state (e.g., companies, investors, and civil society organizations) and sub-national (e.g., cities and regions) actors. These actions range from emissions reduction pledges, commitments to renewable energy production, to setting internal carbon prices and to making investments in green bonds. This report gives an overview of NAZCA’s content, exploring the extent to which cities, regions, companies, investors, and civil society organizations are represented on the platform.

2016 Environmental Performance Index - Summary for Policymakers

The 2016 Environmental Performance Index (EPI) ranks 180 countries on air quality, water and sanitation, fisheries, forestry, biodiversity and habitat, and climate change and energy. For more information see: www.epi2016.yale.edu.

2016 Environmental Performance Index - Full Report

The 2016 Environmental Performance Index (EPI) ranks 180 countries on air quality, water and sanitation, fisheries, forestry, biodiversity and habitat, and climate change and energy. For more information see: www.epi2016.yale.edu.

CT Solar Scorecards

In partnership with the Connecticut Green Bank, Data-Driven Yale developed scorecards ranking residential solar PV in each of the state’s 69 towns. See the website and final report here: http://www.ctsolarscoreboard.com/.

Nature Comment: Mobilize Citizens to Track Sustainability

Hsu, A., O. Malik, L. Johnson, and D.C. Esty. (2014). Mobilize citizens to track sustainability. Nature, vol. 508:33-35.

Measuring Progress: A Practical Guide From the Developers of the Environmental Performance Index (EPI)

Hsu, A., L.A. Johnson, and A. Lloyd. 2013. Measuring Progress: A Practical Guide From the Developers of the Environmental Performance Index (EPI). New Haven:Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy.

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