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.

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.

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.



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

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