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.”

ScienceBlog: Research Reveals Strategies For Combating Science Misinformation

ScienceBlog: Research Reveals Strategies For Combating Science Misinformation. “Just as the scientific community was reaching a consensus on the dangerous reality of climate change, the partisan divide on climate change began to widen, a new study finds. That might seem like a paradox, but it’s also no coincidence, according to Justin Farrell, a professor of sociology at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES). It was around this time that an organized network, funded by organizations with a lot to lose in a transition to a low-carbon economy, started to coalesce around the goal of undercutting the legitimacy of climate science, Farrell said.”

Carnegie Mellon University: Savvy Use of Data, Technology Tells the Planet’s Story

Carnegie Mellon University: Savvy Use of Data, Technology Tells the Planet’s Story. “The story of EarthTime begins on Mars. EarthTime today is a technological platform that helps people comprehend massive amounts of data about our planet and come to grips with our biggest global challenges. But 15 years ago, people just wanted to see what the Red Planet looked like.”

Oregon Wild: New mapping tool shows shocking extent of logging across Oregon

Oregon Wild: New mapping tool shows shocking extent of logging across Oregon. “In a state covered in nearly 30 million acres of forested lands, it can be difficult to get a sense of the scale and extent of logging across Oregon. Sure, you can pass miles of clearcuts and young plantations as you drive to the coast, but most forest lands aren’t accessible from major highways. A view from above, looking down from an airplane window for example, can give you a better sense, but this is still just a snapshot in time. This is one reason Oregon Wild volunteer Ricardo Morin spent hundreds of hours over the past year developing a ‘Logging in Oregon’ web tool for analyzing the extent of logging on both public and private lands in Oregon, both historically and recently. (Check out some of his other cool mapping work for Oregon Wild here.)”

EOS: Launching an Accessible Archive of Environmental Data

EOS: Launching an Accessible Archive of Environmental Data. “… emerging community repositories are enabling scientists to easily archive and publish data with essential metadata as part of the scientific workflow. These repositories increasingly serve a critical role in enhancing data sharing and use. A new data archive seeks to play this role for the U.S Department of Energy’s (DOE) environmental science community. The new archive, called Environmental Systems Science Data Infrastructure for a Virtual Ecosystem (ESS-DIVE), preserves, expands access to, and improves usability of data from the DOE’s research in terrestrial and subsurface environments.”

Heavy Rains in Hasakah: An Open-Source Analysis of Catastrophic Damage (Bellingcat)

Bellingcat: Heavy Rains in Hasakah: An Open-Source Analysis of Catastrophic Damage. “When the season of heavy rainfall began in war-torn Syria, the misery local residents and internally displaced persons (IDPs) have faced over the years was compounded by environmental setbacks. This open-source monitoring blog of the situation in north eastern Syria, currently controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), will look how the rains in the area have impacted the living and working conditions of civilians in local communities and IDP camps. The information available is based solely on remote sensing and open source information collected over the period of November and December 2018. ”

Arizona State University: Inspiring sustainability action through virtual field trips

Arizona State University: Inspiring sustainability action through virtual field trips. “Arizona State University sustainability scientists Rimjhim Aggarwal and Ariel Anbar were recently awarded a Grand Challenges Explorations grant, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This grant enables the professors to pilot a project that will train students to create virtual field trips as a way to narrate their own place-based stories regarding the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and share with peers globally to motivate youth action.”