2020 has been marked by severe disasters exacerbated by the climate crisis. Wildfires have ravaged Australia and the Western United States, severe droughts have wracked Central America and the African Sahel, and deadly monsoon floods have affected millions across South and Southeast Asia. Mounting environmental crises are taking a stark economic toll. Already this year, the US has seen $1 billion worth of damages incurred from the climate crisis. Despite increasing attention to the climate crisis and the temporary reductions in CO2 emissions resulting from the economic slowdown due to Covid-19, atmospheric concentrations of CO2 show no signs of peaking.
At Planet OS, we believe that data is the source of truth. Data is essential to telling the story of the climate and biodiversity crises. Moreover, environmental data has never been more prevalent due to the widespread dispersion of remote and on-the-ground sensors. It is now possible to understand in real-time how our environment is changing.
This is why we launched View2020 – an environmental dashboard that tracks changes to our environment in real-time thus capturing the effect that lockdowns are having on the environment. To learn more about View2020 and View2020 Climatology, which allows users to track how the climate has changed over the last 40 years, read the full post on Medium.