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Thirst for (clean) power

Nov 24, 2022

Thirst for (clean) power

Satellite data analyzed by TransitionZero as part of the Climate TRACE initiative reveals a sharp increase in the burning of coal in parts of China during the summer of 2022, which led to further water stress during a period of acute drought..

Tracing GHG Emissions to Specific Sources

Nov 14, 2022

Tracing GHG Emissions to Specific Sources

Climate TRACE’s recent November 9 data release included asset-level emissions data from more than 70,000 facilities viewable in the dashboard..

Release Notes: November 2022

Nov 09, 2022

Release Notes: November 2022

When Climate TRACE unveiled our inaugural dataset last year, it included sector- and country-level emissions totals for the years 2015–2020. This year’s Q4 2022 release represents a major upgrade..

More Than 70,000 of the Highest Emitting Greenhouse Gas Sources Identified in Largest Available Global Emissions Inventory

Nov 09, 2022

More Than 70,000 of the Highest Emitting Greenhouse Gas Sources Identified in Largest Available Global Emissions Inventory

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World’s CO2 Hotspots Pinpointed by Al Gore-Backed Climate Project

Nov 09, 2022

World’s CO2 Hotspots Pinpointed by Al Gore-Backed Climate Project

With maps and data on 72,000 power plants, oil refineries, airports and more, the new website Climate Trace aims to offer “radical climate transparency.”.

Who’s Driving Climate Change? New Data Catalogs 72,000 Polluters and Counting

Nov 09, 2022

Who’s Driving Climate Change? New Data Catalogs 72,000 Polluters and Counting

A nonprofit backed by Al Gore and other big environmental donors says it can track emissions down to individual power plants, oil fields and cargo ships..

Oil and Gas Greenhouse Emissions ‘Three Times Higher’ Than Producers Claim

Nov 09, 2022

Oil and Gas Greenhouse Emissions ‘Three Times Higher’ Than Producers Claim

Climate TRACE reports half of 50 largest sources of greenhouse gas are oil and gas operations and many underreport their emissions..

Gore Announces Fossil Fuel Emissions Inventory at UN Summit

Nov 09, 2022

Gore Announces Fossil Fuel Emissions Inventory at UN Summit

A detailed inventory of the top known sources of greenhouse gas emitters found that the top 14 individual polluters are all gas and oil fields and their associated facilities, despite their emissions being “significantly underreported.”.

This Global Emissions Inventory is Al Gore’s Secret Weapon at COP27

Nov 09, 2022

This Global Emissions Inventory is Al Gore’s Secret Weapon at COP27

The Climate TRACE coalition unveiled a new, highly detailed inventory of global greenhouse gas emissions, which it hopes will help countries and companies looking for effective, targeted ways to decarbonize..

Al Gore-affiliated Group Finds Systematic Emissions Underreporting

Nov 09, 2022

Al Gore-affiliated Group Finds Systematic Emissions Underreporting

A coalition of groups using satellite observations, artificial intelligence and machine learning revealed on Wednesday the most comprehensive facility-level accounting of global carbon emissions..

This Map Shows Exactly Where 70,000 of the World’s Biggest Polluters are Located

Nov 09, 2022

This Map Shows Exactly Where 70,000 of the World’s Biggest Polluters are Located

With data on cargo ships, oil fields, cattle feedlots, and more, the map could help businesses, investors, and policymakers know what sites to target first in order to reduce emissions..

Johns Hopkins APL Uses AI, Satellite Images to Track Greenhouse Emissions

Nov 09, 2022

Johns Hopkins APL Uses AI, Satellite Images to Track Greenhouse Emissions

Learn how Climate TRACE member Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory is creating automated, accurate, global, timely and actionable road transportation GHG emissions estimates for the top 500 emitting cities worldwide using satellite data and AI..

Clearing the path to easier, more-accurate Scope 3 emissions intelligence

Oct 28, 2022

Clearing the path to easier, more-accurate Scope 3 emissions intelligence

An accurate and complete understanding of Scope 3 emissions is central to any life cycle assessment (LCA) of a company’s or product’s carbon footprint..

Getting Clear on Satellite Imagery

Oct 11, 2022

Getting Clear on Satellite Imagery

From Climate TRACE’s inception, using satellites to track human-caused greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to their sources has been a cornerstone of our technology-centric approach..

Feeling the Heat: Global Warming Potentials and 20- vs. 100-year Time Horizons

Aug 10, 2022

Feeling the Heat: Global Warming Potentials and 20- vs. 100-year Time Horizons

Global warming potential (GWP) is a metric developed to make it easier to compare the climate change effects of different GHGs..

What are Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML)?

Jul 12, 2022

What are Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML)?

Processing and drawing insights from earth observation data using artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) is the backbone of Climate TRACE..

Understanding Greenhouse Gases

Jul 07, 2022

Understanding Greenhouse Gases

Greenhouse gases (GHGs) trap heat and contribute to global warming. But what are they and how do their impacts differ?.

STARRS project launched to provide accurate emissions data for states and regions

Mar 24, 2022

STARRS project launched to provide accurate emissions data for states and regions

The Climate Group and Under2 Coalition launch the “States and Regions Remote Sensing” (STARRS) project, using Climate TRACE data to help governments to improve their understanding of their current and historical GHG emissions. .

The World's Most Innovative Companies of 2022

Mar 08, 2022

The World's Most Innovative Companies of 2022

We're proud to see our not-for-profit global coalition named #5 overall and #3 in energy on Fast Company's "annual ranking of businesses that are making an outsize impact.".

FULL REPORT: Bringing Radical Transparency to Global Emissions

Nov 01, 2021

FULL REPORT: Bringing Radical Transparency to Global Emissions

How Climate TRACE is harnessing satellites and artificial intelligence to advance emissions monitoring through direct observation and open data. Includes a look at 2021 YTD data for certain sectors and countries..

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Bringing Radical Transparency to Global Emissions

Nov 01, 2021

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Bringing Radical Transparency to Global Emissions

How Climate TRACE is harnessing satellites and artificial intelligence to advance emissions monitoring through direct observation and open data. Includes a look at 2021 YTD data for certain sectors and countries..

Filling the Post-Paris Gap

Oct 07, 2021

Filling the Post-Paris Gap

Bringing up-to-date emissions data to the world’s countries.

Country Spotlight: India

Sep 29, 2021

Country Spotlight: India

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Country Spotlight: USA

Sep 29, 2021

Country Spotlight: USA

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Country Spotlight: China

Sep 29, 2021

Country Spotlight: China

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Beyond Paris And Countries’ Territorial Waters And Airspace: Tracking Emissions from Shipping and Aviation

Sep 16, 2021

Beyond Paris And Countries’ Territorial Waters And Airspace: Tracking Emissions from Shipping and Aviation

In recent years, transportation has emerged as the fastest-growing source of GHG emissions worldwide..

Getting A Clearer Picture Of Emissions From Major Oil And Gas Countries

Sep 16, 2021

Getting A Clearer Picture Of Emissions From Major Oil And Gas Countries

Climate TRACE data shows that more than 11 percent of emissions come from the production and refining of oil and gas..

Data project backed by Al Gore aims for real-time emissions monitoring

Sep 16, 2021

Data project backed by Al Gore aims for real-time emissions monitoring

A technology and academic coalition backed by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore was set to unveil on Thursday data showing fossil fuel producers' previously unrecorded greenhouse gas emissions, and growing pollution from shipping and aviation. Other details about the precise sources of climate change are also shown in the material by Climate TRACE, drawing on data from satellites and high-level computer analysis..

Climate TRACE Releases First Comprehensive, Independent Database of Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Sep 15, 2021

Climate TRACE Releases First Comprehensive, Independent Database of Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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Satellites may hold countries to their Paris pledges

May 12, 2021

Satellites may hold countries to their Paris pledges

Environmental agreements are hard to enforce without independently verified data. But the availability of high-quality satellite imagery — combined with advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning — allows for real-time monitoring of carbon emissions, deforestation and other activities..

A wave of carbon emissions data soon will be upon us

Feb 09, 2021

A wave of carbon emissions data soon will be upon us

A radical increase in available carbon emissions data may be just around the corner. Should it happen within a matter of months as proponents hope, its effects will spread around the world to dramatic effect..

Al Gore: Where I Find Hope - NY Times Oped

Dec 12, 2020

Al Gore: Where I Find Hope - NY Times Oped

In November of next year, all of the signatories to the Paris Agreement will meet in Glasgow with a mandate to reduce greenhouse gas emissions much faster than they pledged to do in 2015. What will be new in Glasgow is transparency..

Why We Must ALL Invest In Solutions To Save Our Planet

Nov 25, 2020

Why We Must ALL Invest In Solutions To Save Our Planet

Make no mistake about it, carbon accounting is the new sustainability. And thanks to innovators like Climate TRACE, which uses AI and satellites to pinpoint both quantity and sources of human-caused emissions, greenwashing will be a thing of the past..

Climate TRACE named one of TIME’s Best Inventions of 2020

Nov 20, 2020

Climate TRACE named one of TIME’s Best Inventions of 2020

TIME recognized Climate TRACE in the ‘experimental’ category, calling it a “first-of-its-kind environmental analytics tool”.

What ML practitioners are doing about climate change

Sep 11, 2020

What ML practitioners are doing about climate change

Last year, WattTime received a grant from Google.org’s AI Impact Challenge to see whether computer vision can track power plant emissions outside the U.S. from satellite imagery. In July, WattTime joined nine organizations and Al Gore to form Climate Trace, a group that wants to trace global emissions in major sectors of the economy, like power plants and shipping..

Tracking Emissions of Every Power Plant on the Planet

Aug 17, 2020

Tracking Emissions of Every Power Plant on the Planet

It’s easy to measure greenhouse gases but hard to tell where the gases came from. Using satellite images and AI, we’re about to change that..

Climate TRACE to track real-time global carbon emissions

Aug 16, 2020

Climate TRACE to track real-time global carbon emissions

Combating climate change faces big challenges even beyond those that many people think about much. For instance, carbon emissions are not tracked as they happen, so policy makers and the public don’t know who’s polluting, when, and how much. That makes international agreements, like the Paris Climate agreement, tough to verify. That could soon change..

Tracking climate data in real time

Jul 20, 2020

Tracking climate data in real time

Climate TRACE, an alliance of climate research groups, is developing a new tracker using artificial intelligence that would allow the public to access international climate data in real time. They hope to have it ready to unveil at the COP26 climate change meetings in Glasgow, Scotland, in November 2021..

Real Time Emissions Data Is Finally Coming, Thanks to Al Gore's New Coalition

Jul 16, 2020

Real Time Emissions Data Is Finally Coming, Thanks to Al Gore's New Coalition

With all the alarming climate data out there, you’d think there’s some magical entity diligently measuring greenhouse gas emissions every second of every day — but the reality is, a lot of that data is simply estimates. To clear up the ambiguity and controversy surrounding emissions data reporting, a group of nine climate and tech groups and former Vice President Al Gore have come together to form the Climate TRACE coalition..

How a New Effort to Trace Emissions, Led by Al Gore, Could Reshape Climate Talks

Jul 16, 2020

How a New Effort to Trace Emissions, Led by Al Gore, Could Reshape Climate Talks

Historically, there’s been no way for third parties to directly gather data on the greenhouse gas emissions of both public and private entities. Now, a new coalition of nine climate and technology organizations calling themselves Climate Trace say they have used satellite data, artificial intelligence and other technology to track greenhouse-gas emissions from across the globe remotely..

The entire world’s carbon emissions will finally be trackable in real time

Jul 16, 2020

The entire world’s carbon emissions will finally be trackable in real time

One of the challenges in managing the greenhouse gas emissions warming the atmosphere is that they aren’t measured very well. The ultimate solution to this problem — the killer app, as it were — would be real-time tracking of all global greenhouse gases, verified by objective third parties, and available for free to the public..

Climate Groups Will Combine AI and Satellites to Monitor GHG Emissions Worldwide

Jul 15, 2020

Climate Groups Will Combine AI and Satellites to Monitor GHG Emissions Worldwide

Nine nonprofits, tech companies, and former U.S. Vice President Al Gore announce ‘Climate TRACE’ coalition to build upon unprecedented technical breakthroughs to actively identify, measure, and trace all significant human-caused GHG emissions to their sources.

This Al Gore-supported project uses AI to track the world’s emissions in near real time

Jul 15, 2020

This Al Gore-supported project uses AI to track the world’s emissions in near real time

As the world tries to figure out how to flatten the climate curve—cutting global emissions in half by the end of the decade, and reaching net-zero emissions by the middle of the century—one challenge is how to track current emissions from every power plant, farm, and other source on the planet. A new project called the Climate TRACE Coalition plans to use satellite imagery and AI to ....

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