The Narwhal: Librarian rushes to archive Alberta’s climate change data before change in government

The Narwhal: Librarian rushes to archive Alberta’s climate change data before change in government. “University of Alberta librarian Katie Cuyler says industry experts and academics have requested she begin ‘guerrilla archiving’ critical information they fear could disappear under a new United Conservative government.”

Penn State News: Researchers to compare Twitter opinions on climate change with real-world views

Penn State News: Researchers to compare Twitter opinions on climate change with real-world views. “In their study, the researchers will construct a Twitter-driven regional opinion heat map, using an opinion-mining pipeline and the social media platform’s geotags, and analyze whether the map represents regional attitudes toward climate change captured in national survey data. Then, they will examine how differences in location, time and occurrences of climate-related events shape people’s opinions toward climate change. The researchers hope to gain a deeper insight regarding public opinion through the lens of social media.”

Google Blog: A new app to map and monitor the world’s freshwater supply

Google Blog: A new app to map and monitor the world’s freshwater supply. “Today, on World Water Day, we’re proud to showcase a new platform enabling all countries to freely measure and monitor when and where water is changing: UN’s Water-Related Ecosystems, or sdg661.app. Released last week in Nairobi at the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA), the app provides statistics for every country’s annual surface water (like lakes and rivers). It also shows changes from 1984 through 2018 through interactive maps, graphs and full-data downloads.”

PR Newswire: MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative awarded $750,000 grant from the Hewlett Foundation (PRESS RELEASE)

PR Newswire: MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative awarded $750,000 grant from the Hewlett Foundation (PRESS RELEASE.) “The grant will be used for a research project, which aims to create an online database assessing the carbon intensity of financial institutions. The database would be available to educate and inform businesses, foundations, universities, and the general public, possibly including consumers in the United States, on aligning their choice of banks, investment targets, and insurance companies with sustainability practices, including climate change mitigation.”

UN Environment: New ‘hotspots’ tool pinpoints unsustainable consumption and production

UN Environment: New ‘hotspots’ tool pinpoints unsustainable consumption and production. “UN Environment launched in March 2019 a new tool that allows countries to see ‘hotspots’ of unsustainable practices in consumption and production. The tool, known as the Sustainable Consumption and Production Hotspots Analysis Tool, is an online application that analyses the environmental and socio-economic performance of 171 countries over the past 25 years to provide scientific evidence of areas where improvement can be made.”

‘Flying blind’: Researchers call for national database of Indigenous sites (SBS News Australia)

SBS News (Australia): ‘Flying blind’: Researchers call for national database of Indigenous sites. “Researchers have called for the development of a national database of historical and culturally significant Indigenous sites after findings that the lack of an up-to-date, national record has led to issues with the management of sites, including an inability to engage with threats such as climate change.”

University of the Arctic: PAME Launches Arctic Shipping Database

University of The Arctic: PAME Launches Arctic Shipping Database. “The Arctic Council’s Working Group on the Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) launched a comprehensive Arctic shipping activity database on February 7, 2019. The launch is a significant milestone in PAME’s work to improve knowledge of historical Arctic ship traffic activity and various factors that affect such activity, such as sea ice extent, meteorological and oceanographic conditions, and international regulations. The database will allow authorized users to analyze vessel traffic patterns, fuel use, and air emissions, among other economic and environmental conditions.”