Have you ever wondered how much more your neighborhood airport than that nearby power plant contributes to global warming? Or how does your city or nation fare in comparison to other cities or nations? All of those things and more are now visible on the Climate Trace interactive map.
The image was produced by the environmental technology NGO Climate Trace using satellite data to identify almost 80,000 distinct sources of climate pollution. the group that keeps tabs on greenhouse gas emissions in the pursuit of significant climate action. The organization used images from more than 300 satellites, more than 11,000 remote sensors, and collaboration with 100 organizations and datasets from around the world to compile their data for tracking greenhouse gas emissions. Their emissions data inventory is the first to be made from independent observation. All of their info as of right now is from 2021. To preserve the models’ accuracy and expand their data collecting, they constantly expand and update it.
You can filter the map by continent and nation to only display the desired regions. Simply scroll to the area on your map and zoom in to uncover the largest polluter in your neighborhood. The bottom panels will constantly display your choices starting with the biggest climate polluter and moving right to left. Metric tonnes (MT), the accepted unit of measurement for climate pollution, are used to describe it.
While emissions from people or objects like cars cannot be seen, emissions from industries like transportation, aviation, and buildings can. You can further filter the results to compare various industries, such as power plants and agriculture, and see how they stack up against one another.
Contact your neighborhood’s city, county, or state environmental or health department if you have concerns about a polluter of the environment in your region. You can always get in touch with the United States Environmental Protection Agency if they are unable to assist you. The emergency response staff at their regional office ought to be able to assist you in learning how any environmental or health issues are being taken care of. Simply dial the number for your region based on where you are and voice your concerns.