Category: Information tools

The MSCI Net-Zero Tracker

The MSCI Net-Zero Tracker indicates the collective progress of publicly listed companies in the MSCI ACWI Investable Market Index (IMI) (which covers 9,300 listed companies, representing 99% of the global equity universe) in keeping global warming well below 2°C. It also highlights the largest listed companies with improved climate disclosures, as well as those that lag. It offers investors, companies, financial intermediaries and policymakers an objective gauge of the contribution by the world’s public companies to total carbon emissions and their progress toward a net-zero economy.

Google’s new cloud computing tool helps you pick the greenest data centers

Read the full story at ZDNet.

In another bid to make cloud computing eco-friendlier, Google has created a new tool to push customers who are picking their next cloud region towards choosing infrastructure that is more sustainable.

When users browse through their options to manage cloud resources, Google will flag regions that have the lowest carbon impact highlighted with a leaf symbol and a “Lowest CO2” label.

FRESCOS

FRESCOS is a tool for calculating the carbon sequestration of forestry and agroforestry projects. The tool is open access and free to use for anyone looking to improve their understanding of the emission removals of their projects. The tool allows for the calculation of annual net carbon impact as well as longer term scenario analysis up to 100 years.

“One tonne of olivine sand can take in up to one tonne of CO2” says Teresa van Dongen

Read the full story at dezeen.

Dutch designer Teresa van Dongen has launched Aireal, an online library showcasing materials that can capture atmospheric carbon.

The fledgling library contains images and descriptions of materials developed by companies and institutes around the world that store carbon in a useful way via a process known as carbon capture and utilisation (CCU).

Materials featured include olivine, an abundant mineral that can absorb its own mass of carbon dioxide when crushed and scattered on the ground.

Climate Change Library Lab

The Climate Change Library Lab provides information and advice specific to libraries to help them prepare for climate-related disasters or deal with post-disaster recovery within their communities. It includes links to books, videos, articles, and case studies, as well as information about environmental justice and climate literacy.

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.

New European city air quality viewer allows you to check long term air pollution levels where you live

Read the full story from the European Environment Agency.

Air pollution is a serious problem in many European cities, posing a real risk to health. Today, the European Environment Agency (EEA) launched the European city air quality viewer. You can check how the air quality has been over the past two years in the city where you live and compare it with other cities across Europe.

The Atlas of Common Freshwater Macroinvertebrates of Eastern North America

The Atlas, supported by funding from the National Science Foundation, brings together expertise in entomology, learning sciences, software engineering, water quality biomonitoring, and design to create a teaching and learning resource for aquatic insect identification.

Users can search by keyword or browse the collection by insect order, taxa, phyla or identification key. Each genus record includes an overview, characteristics, diagnostic features, and images.

The Training Materials section includes a quick start guide, trainer guides, educational materials, and site images and illustrations.

Realtime Climate

Realtime Climate monitors local weather and events across the U.S. and generates alerts when certain conditions are met or expected. These alerts provide links to science-based analyses and visualizations—including locality-specific, high-quality graphics—that can help explain events in the context of climate change.

Climate Central launched this tool to help meteorologists and journalists cover connections between weather, news, and climate in real time, and to alert public and private organizations and individuals about particular local conditions related to climate change, its impacts, or its solutions.

Central Appalachian Mine Reforestation Assessment Report

Download the document and view the web map.

The Central Appalachian Mine Reforestation Assessment tool uses satellite imagery and a new mathematical model to monitor and characterize the state of reclamation and the growth of trees and other vegetation on surface coal mines in Central Appalachia from 1984 to the present.

The data set and tool will help regulators, researchers and the general public understand the current level of mining and surface mine cleanup in the region. This tool was developed by Appalachian Voices, SkyTruth, 4E Analytics, Green Forests Work and Downstream Strategies.

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