Climate change is a reality with both short and long term reaching effects that threaten everything from our food supply to wiping out entire cities due to rising sea levels. And while most of the conversation on climate change is of the doom and gloom variety, there are inspiring organizations who have taken a leadership role in combatting the effects of climate change both big and small.
While the fight against climate change will not be easy, these are some of the organizations that are taking the fight to climate change through, ingenuity, innovation and big data.
Data for Climate Action, hosted by the United Nations is mobilizing the global business community to share data, or engage in data philanthropy, a growing form of corporate social responsibility whereby the private sector shares its data to advance the public good. By providing a platform for companies to come together and make data philanthropy commitments, and enabling the analysis of this data for the public good, Data for Climate Action will open the door to transform public and private efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change.
Learn More: http://www.dataforclimateaction.org/
Weather Safe has taken a leadership role in data science, in the next breakthrough area of agriculture. They provide new time critical insights and help farmers & government with the decisions they make every season, generating new growth opportunities.
They allow farmers to optimize both quantity and quality of crops’ outputs, therefore increasing yield and profits, throughout the entire value chain, from the farmer to the end-user. This provides a wide range of benefits and adds value environmentally, socially and economically.
Weather Safe is building an ‘eco-system’ in which each targeted customer acts also a player in the Weather Safe system, actively contributing and in turn, benefiting from the services offered to the other players in the supply chain.
Learn More: http://www.weathersafe.co.uk/
Smart cities are also contributing to the fight against climate change by leveraging big data to drive efficiency in energy, transport, waste management and law enforcement to make life better for citizens.
A good example of this is Glasgow, Scotland, which has invested $37 million in new infrastructure to explore innovative ways to use technology and data to make life in the city safer, smarter and more sustainable.
From the state-of-the-art city operations center to the creation of an innovative city data hub, Glasgow is putting people at the heart of its future. Glasgow has been developing a series of initiatives to showcase the exciting potential offered by smart city technology.
These initiatives include street lighting, which will switch itself off to conserve energy when there’s no one around, mapping energy use around the city to better understand demand, and mapping how people get around to maximize the use of bicycle- and foot- paths.
Global Forest Watch
Global Forest Watch (GFW) is an interactive online forest monitoring and alert system designed to empower people everywhere with the information they need to better manage and conserve forest landscapes.
Global Forest Watch uses cutting edge technology and science to provide the timeliest and most precise information about the status of forest landscapes worldwide, including near-real-time alerts showing suspected locations of recent tree cover loss. GFW is free and simple to use, enabling anyone to create custom maps, analyze forest trends, subscribe to alerts, or download data for their local area or the entire world.
GFW serves a variety of users including governments, the private sector, NGOs, journalists, universities, and the general public. GFW is a growing partnership of organizations contributing data, technology, funding, and expertise.
Doing Our Part
“We’re harnessing climate data captured by people anywhere in the world, and making it visual so they can see how they’re impacting important research.”
Kathrin Winkler, Senior Vice President & Chief Sustainability Officer, EMC
Climate change is impacting our planet, but exciting breakthroughs could help us all work together to understand it, and act. We’re leading a growing movement, in conjunction with the White House Climate Data Initiative. EMC is creating what’s called a Data Lake that empowers anyone to access, visualize, and understand climate data in ways nobody has before. Most importantly, anyone can contribute their own data to our data lake, and make a difference. There’s a saying; “more people adding more data creates more impact.” Imagine if everyone got involved. We’d have literally billions of ways to fight climate change.