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News & Insights - Climate TRACE

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Stay up to date on the latest insights and news from the Climate TRACE coalition as we share new data and reports meant to help the global community make meaningful climate action faster and easier.



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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 06, 2021

Filling the Post-Paris Gap

Transparency is often called the backbone of the Paris Agreement. Yet at present, there are over 100 countries without an official inventory since the 2015 Paris Agreement..

Country Spotlight: China

Sep 29, 2021

Country Spotlight: China

China is the world’s largest greenhouse gas emitter, emitting an average of 13.5 billion tons CO₂e in each of the past five years..

Country Spotlight: USA

Sep 29, 2021

Country Spotlight: USA

The United States ranks as the world’s second-highest greenhouse gas emitter, with 38.45 billion tonnes CO2e since 2015, representing 12.64% of total global emissions..

Country Spotlight: India

Sep 29, 2021

Country Spotlight: India

India is the third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases globally..

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

Sep 16, 2021

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

The inventory, which spans the years 2015–2020, reveals striking insights about recent emissions trends across 10 sectors and 38 subsectors of the global economy..

Beyond Paris And Countries’ Territorial Waters And Airspace

Sep 16, 2021

Beyond Paris And Countries’ Territorial Waters And Airspace

In recent years, transportation has emerged as the fastest-growing source of GHG emissions worldwide. During the period 2015–2020, Climate TRACE data shows that the shipping and aviation sectors together emitted nearly 11 billion tonnes of CO2e, making them the 5th largest emitter in the world when excluding land use..

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

The oil and gas sector is responsible for a large share of human-made greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions: 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..

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..

We Can Solve the Climate Crisis by Tracing Pollution Back to Its Sources

Jul 15, 2020

We Can Solve the Climate Crisis by Tracing Pollution Back to Its Sources

Al Gore, former Vice President of the United States, and Gavin McCormick, founder and executive director of WattTime, talk about the purpose and vision behind Climate TRACE.

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 ....