HeatHack 2022: Data Science Collabathon

As part of the North Carolina Science Festival, the Data-Driven EnviroLab is hosting a hybrid in-person/remote one-day hackathon to bring together coders, programmers, data visualization whizzes, and environmental enthusiasts to help us discover actionable insights, develop engaging data visuals, and create action plans to address the growing and intensifying challenge of climate change and urban heat in the Triangle.

Teams will have the opportunity throughout the day to ask for feedback as they develop their ideas and final products, and at the end, a panel of judges composed of community stakeholders will provide feedback and award prizes for the winning entries.

Nested Climate Accounting for Our Atmospheric Commons

Check out our recent paper, “Nested Climate Accounting for Our Atmospheric Commons —Digital Technologies for Trusted Interoperability Across Fragmented Systems,” where we discuss the design of a next-generation climate accounting system that integrates digital technologies and approaches for near real-time tracking of climate actions.

We desperately need to modernize emissions tracking

Angel Hsu and Marco Schletz argue the need for the global community to embrace a digital tech revolution when it comes to tracking emissions data. 

World Youth Forum Sets Critical Agenda ahead for COP-27

Post-doctoral Associate Marco Schletz presented on climate change action at the January 2022 World Youth Forum in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, alongside President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, John Kerry, Inger Andersen, among others.


Background image by European Space Agency.

COP-26 Glasgow Highlights Need for Greater Accountability

At this year’s COP26 climate summit, a big theme was the need for improved accountability from corporate, state, and non-state actors. As we enter the decisive decade for climate action, having a comprehensive understanding of emissions and global commitments to climate action is more vital than ever to drive global ambition. Read about how DDL led and engaged in these critical discussions.


Photo by Tim Dennell, Flickr.

Net-Zero Tracker launched

In partnership with Oxford University, The Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit, and the NewClimate Institute, we launched a website that analyzes city, region, company, and country actors pledging goals to reach net-zero emissions.

Global Climate Action from Cities, Regions, and Businesses - 2021

This report is the third and the latest edition of the series since 2018 that takes stock of climate action by cities, regions and businesses and their global aggregate impact on greenhouse gas emissions. The 2021 edition focuses on the progress of non-state and subnational actors toward their emissions reduction targets.

Disproportionate exposure to urban heat island intensity across major US cities

Our new open-access paper in Nature Communications reveals disparities in urban heat exposure in major U.S. cities with a population greater than 250,000. Combining satellite remote sensing data with U.S. Census demographic data, this study – the most comprehensive to date – reveals people of color and below poverty communities are disproportionately exposed to higher heat intensity in urban areas. Read the paper or explore the data in our Google Earth Engine application.

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.

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 and is based at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

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