The open data movement—the idea that certain data should be freely available to everyone—can drive innovation, make government and corporate activities more transparent and improve decision-making about natural resources.
Russia and Canada experienced massive tree cover loss in 2011-2013, with annual losses in their northern forests equal to an area the size of Ireland, mostly due to forest fires, according to new satellite data from WRI’s Global Forest Watch.
Globally more than 18 million hectares of tree cover lost in 2013, but rates of loss in Indonesia showed signs of slowing.
We live in a world with more than 177,000 protected areas in more than 150 countries. Patrolling these large areas to document and crack down on harmful and often illegal activities requires resources lacking in many countries.
So how can we ensure that this extensive network of protected areas actually stays protected?
WASHINGTON (September 4, 2014)— Global Forest Watch, a dynamic online forest monitoring and alert system developed by the World Resources Institute with over 40 partners, has been selected as one of two winners of the Big D
Carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions from human activities are now higher than at any point in our history. In fact, recent data reveals that global CO₂ emissions were 150 times higher in 2011 than they were in 1850.
How did we arrive at such an unprecedented—and precarious—state? Read on for a visual history of the world's carbon dioxide emissions.
Inventories of greenhouse gases prepared at the national level and at the corporate/facility level can complement each other and help decision-makers understand emission trends and inform mitigation activities, among other functions.
For further reading, see our op-ed in the Jakarta Post.
Less than four months ago, millions of people across Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia were choking on the worst air pollution ever recorded in Southeast Asia as hundreds of fires burned across Sumatra. The fires caused serious damage, eliciting a public health emergency, closing schools and harming tourism and other businesses.
This week the Sultan of Brunei is hosting many of Asia’s heads of state for the 23rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit. Preventing new fires and haze are high on the agenda. Key decisions and actions are urgently needed from the presidents and prime ministers this week.
Water risks such as floods, scarcity and pollution are increasingly chipping into corporate bottom lines. The financial sector is taking notice--and taking action.
Calvert Investments asked Hanes Brands to evaluate its losses from cotton-supply shortages due to the 2011 US drought, determining that the company lost $5.2 billion.
This session will highlight the use of advanced technologies including satellite and geo data to improve water availability mapping for a target audience of water managers, policy makers and companies.
Moving beyond discussions of the water, food, energy nexus requires quantitative data analytics and visualization coupled with effective communications. Only through a rigorous evaluation of data supported by visualization tools can we develop long term strategies to address how water scarcity, food security and energy security.
The romantic notion of the Russian forest as an unbroken band of boundless wilderness is a myth. In reality, the taiga consists of fragments of wilderness, separated by areas affected---either directly or indirectly–--by modern land use.
Creating monitoring programs may seem easy, but actually isn’t. There are three primary impediments: money, credible data, and communication skills. We emphasize communication skills because the best data in the world is useless if it lies fallow.