Data, Technology & Climate Change


Data, Technology & Climate Change

The 4000 page landmark @IPCC report demonstrates how human activity is changing the climate in unprecedented ways. Technology helps monitor, measure, analyse, & record climate change precisely, yet also contributes to the vast energy consumption damaging our planet.


Whether sending emails or watching Netflix, the analysis & storage of data comes at great energy cost. The processing necessary to train a “large algorithm”, for instance, can require energy equivalent to nearly 5x the lifecycle emissions of a car.

Meanwhile, #data & #tech can unlock and harness the potential of clean energy, enable better understanding of climate change, and improve human behaviour in meaningful and positive ways.

However, Data is often — especially in climate change discourses — misrepresented & misused to serve agenda driven by political & monetary ambition. We must take care to ensure our data guides us correctly — as clear of bias and agenda as possible — if we are to avert disaster.

Further Reading: 

The IPCC report: 

The IPCC delivers its starkest warning about the world climate

How can artificial intelligence help fight climate change?

Our World in Data, CO2 & other greenhouse gas emissions across countries:

For CO2, sea levels, Arctic sea ice, Antarctic and Greenland land ice:

For papers published on climate change during the 1970's, see Peterson, 2008 

CO2 emitted by volcanoes vs by humans: Gerlach, 2011

Further Videos: 

A Skeptical Look at Climate Science

13 Misconceptions About Global Warming

Net zero emissions by 2050? | Tom Switzer | Rupert Darwall | Erwin Jackson

Attribution for this article's featured image:

"World Map - Abstract Acrylic" by Free Grunge Textures - is licensed under CC BY 2.0.