Category: Data science

Moody’s launches small and medium enterprise ESG scoring tool

Read the full story in ESG Today.

Moody’s ESG Solutions announced today the launch of ESG Score Predictor, a new tool aimed at enabling real time ESG assessments for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and monitoring risk across global supply chains.

Vegetation of planet Earth: Researchers publish unique database as open access

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It’s a treasure trove of data: The global geodatabase of vegetation plots “sPlotOpen” is now freely accessible. It contains data on vegetation from 114 countries and from all climate zones on Earth. The database was compiled by an international team of researchers led by Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU), the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) and the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS). Researchers around the world finally have a balanced, representative dataset of the Earth’s vegetation at their disposal, as the team reports in the journal Global Ecology & Biogeography.

EPA’s new wasted food measurement methodology

Read the full story in Biocycle.

The U.S. EPA’s MSW “Facts and Figures” measurement methodology has been enhanced to fully capture all potential sources of wasted food and the full spectrum of methods to manage it.

Reporter’s Toolbox: Drilling for data on offshore wells

Read the full story from the Society for Environmental Journalists.

The decades-old controversy that has raged over offshore drilling flared anew recently as a federal judge blocked the Biden administration’s temporary halt to new leases on federal land (including those on the outer continental shelf).

So to help cover the ongoing debate, it may be useful to know about the database of information on offshore wells from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.

While not all data about leasing and drilling on federal lands is available or easily accessible — this much is. And it can show some meaningful patterns and tell some meaningful stories.

Low-income neighborhoods have fewer trees. Here’s why that’s a problem

Read the full story in Fast Company.

The first nationwide Tree Equity Score data could serve as a guide for leaders and residents to advocate for more tree shade in lower-income neighborhoods.

This map lets you fly along the path of a drop of water from any place in the U.S.

Read the full story in Fast Company.

Click on any spot or enter an address, and it will show where the water is likely to flow. Good for both learning how pollution and plastic spreads, but also for an aerial visual ride of the country’s waterways.

Map data is shockingly easy to fake, from ‘Pokémon Go’ to satellite images

Read the full story in Fast Company.

Zhao and colleagues from Oregon State University and Binghamton University began to look into satellite imagery, a major source of geospatial data used in applications ranging from climate observation to global shipping. In a recent paper, they explore the potential—and, as they show, the very real threat—of people using artificial intelligence to create convincing but fabricated satellite imagery. Like AI systems that have been created to generate realistic faces or malicious pornographers who’ve used cruder systems to make fake explicit videos using the likenesses of celebrities, Zhao and his colleagues have shown that deepfake satellite imagery can also be made.

Webinar: Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) for Communities

July 8, 2021 1pm CDT
Register here.

Did you know it’s easier than ever to find out about toxic chemical releases from industrial and federal facilities in and near U.S. communities? You can use the TRI Search and TRI Search Plus tools, accessible at the bottom of the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) homepage.

Join EPA for an overview of the TRI Program and the data EPA collects under Section 313 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know (EPCRA), a demonstration of the newest TRI tools, a case study about TRI use in North Charleston, South Carolina, and a discussion between participants and TRI Program staff.

  • 2:00-2:45 pm: EPA Presentation
  • 2:45-3:30 pm: Questions and Answers Session

Don’t forget to bring your questions for a Q&A session following the presentation!

More about TRI Search and Search Plus

EPA recently redesigned these user-friendly tools to include simpler interfaces, additional search options, enhanced mapping capability, charts, graphs, tables, and print-friendly features for producing colorful handouts that are particularly useful for highlighting environmental concerns in environmental justice communities.

Microgrid Installations Database

The Microgrid Installation Database includes a comprehensive listing of the U.S.’s 461 operational microgrids that provide a total of 3.1 gigawatts of reliable electricity. The information, which is updated on a monthly basis, is presented in a tabular format to help users easily access and sort data. The site features:

  • An interactive map of microgrid installations across the U.S.
  • The ability to filter and search for sites by technology, end-user application, generation and storage capacity, and operating year
  • Downloadable data files

Users can also request to have sites added.

Canada announces new energy and emissions database

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Improvements in energy efficiency are critical to reaching net-zero emissions by 2050. The Government of Canada is building a clean energy future to strengthen the economy, create jobs and support the natural resource sectors as we recover from COVID-19.

Lenore Zann, Member of Parliament for Cumberland–Colchester, on behalf of the Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources, today announced an $80,000 investment to Sustainability Solutions Group to support the development of the Municipal Energy and Emission Database (MEED), an integrated geospatial platform that tracks greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for municipalities across Canada.

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