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Tracking global carbon emissions

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I recently listened to this Ted talk by Gavin Mc Cormick, which I strongly recommend.

In essence, today, we don’t really track global CO2 emissions. Greenhouse gas emissions are aggregated and self-reported both on national and international levels. Regarding greenhouse gas emissions, we rely on the figures provided by national governments, who also make promises and commitments relating to their future reduction. The current system is both prone to miscalculations and manipulation.

A better way

Fortunately, technology can pinpoint pollution sources accurately and in real-time. Climate-Trace is a group of high-tech start-ups that are working on an independent way to monitor carbon pollution.

Using satellite images, machine learning, and artificial intelligence, the group aims to track carbon pollution worldwide in real-time.

Climate-Trace seeks to create the best technology tools for pollution monitoring through global collaboration in a free and open-source fashion.


There are already some exciting uses of satellite imagery to track pollution, such as this Belgian plane that is “sniffing” out polluting ships and this use for tracking methane emissions by specific energy majors.

I am interested in getting in touch with startups considering building tools leveraging @ClimateTrace

“During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act”

George Orwell
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