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Your Sea Wall Won’t Save You
Highly engineered, technocratic programs come with readymade slogans, like “making room for the river,” a concept which works well along the banks of the Rhine but can mean mass evictions in the Global South. When “slums” (often a slur for urbanized villages with deep histories) are represented as a blight, to be scraped away with little if any recompense, and their people resettled in untenable locations far from the city center, we must ask: “Whose resilience” is really being promoted? 5 Too often, the rhetoric of climate adaptation is doublespeak for the displacement of poor, informal communities, and an alibi for unsustainable growth.
climatechange  narrative  ee  asia  cities 
10 weeks ago by osi_info_program
Launching the Open Sustainability Working Group | Open Knowledge Foundation Blog
To move towards this goal, we are founding a new Working Group on Open Sustainability, which seeks to:

advocate and promote the opening up of sustainability information and datasets
collect sustainability information and maintain a knowledge base of datasets
act as a support environment / hub for the development of community-driven projects
provide a neutral platform for working towards standards and harmonization of open sustainability data between different groups and projects.
openknowledge  okf  grantee  climatechange 
december 2012 by osi_info_program
The polarizing impact of science literacy and numeracy on perceived climate change risks : Nature Climate Change : Nature Publishing Group
Seeming public apathy over climate change is often attributed to a deficit in comprehension. The public knows too little science, it is claimed, to understand the evidence or avoid being misled1. Widespread limits on technical reasoning aggravate the problem by forcing citizens to use unreliable cognitive heuristics to assess risk2. We conducted a study to test this account and found no support for it. Members of the public with the highest degrees of science literacy and technical reasoning capacity were not the most concerned about climate change. Rather, they were the ones among whom cultural polarization was greatest. This result suggests that public divisions over climate change stem not from the public’s incomprehension of science but from a distinctive conflict of interest: between the personal interest individuals have in forming beliefs in line with those held by others with whom they share close ties and the collective one they all share in making use of the best available science to promote common welfare.
agnotology  openscience  climatechange  DC 
may 2012 by osi_info_program
BBC News - Climate unit releases virtually all remaining data
"The University of East Anglia Climatic Research Unit, target of "ClimateGate", has released nearly all its remaining data on temperature measurements following a freedom of information bid."
climatechange  uea  wikileaks  opendata  news 
august 2011 by osi_info_program
GTZ. New publication on trade and biodiversity
[via IPWatch] "A new book published by GTZ, the German federal agency for international development, looks at the synergies between intellectual property rights and biodiversity, gathering analysis from Latin America, southern Africa and Asia experts."
ip  climatechange  agriculture  environment  research 
april 2011 by osi_info_program
TreeKIT Blog
A citizen science tree-mapping group - with most activities in New York.
climatechange  citizenscience  david 
february 2011 by osi_info_program
Climate scientists can learn from open source movement - SciDev.Net
"Opening up climate science to a more creative process of producing knowledge can encourage individuals and communities to generate, adapt and share data and software without licensing restrictions, they say."
climatechange  opendata  openscience 
january 2011 by osi_info_program
Google LatLong: Introducing Google Earth Engine
"In collaboration with Matt Hansen and CONAFOR, Mexico’s National Forestry Commission, we’ve produced a forest cover and water map of Mexico. This is the finest-scale forest map produced of Mexico to date. The map required 15,000 hours of computation, but was completed in less than a day on Google Earth Engine, using 1,000 computers over more than 53,000 Landsat scenes (1984-2010). We hope that Google Earth Engine will be an important tool to help institutions around the world manage forests more wisely. As we fully develop the platform, we hope more scientists will use new Earth Engine API to integrate their applications online—for deforestation, disease mitigation, disaster response, water resource mapping and other beneficial uses."
climatechange  mexico  citizenscience  deforestation 
december 2010 by osi_info_program
Introducing Google Earth Engine
"Today, we launched a new Google Labs product called Google Earth Engine at the International Climate Change Conference in sunny Cancun, Mexico. Google Earth Engine is a new technology platform that puts an unprecedented amount of satellite imagery and data—current and historical—online for the first time. It enables global-scale monitoring and measurement of changes in the earth’s environment. The platform will enable scientists to use our extensive computing infrastructure—the Google “cloud”—to analyze this imagery."
google  climatechange  citizenscience  maps 
december 2010 by osi_info_program
Mass collaboration to improve climate data — a new frontier in citizen science | Anthony D. Williams
"Scientists meeting in the UK this week are crafting a revolutionary new project aimed at transforming their ability to predict meteorological disasters. The goal, as reported by the Guardian, “is to create an international databank that would generate forecasts of unprecedented precision.” To make that happen, the scientists behind the project are contemplating something even more radical: enlisting thousands of ordinary citizens around the world to gather, classify and even help analyze the meteorological data required to build more accurate, real-time models of the Earth’s climate."
climatechange  opendata 
september 2010 by osi_info_program
Data as a climate change agent - O'Reilly Radar
"Climate data from NOAA and NASA could spur better decisions and a more informed society."
climatechange  opendata  us 
august 2010 by osi_info_program
Technology Review: Hacking the Smart Grid
"The hurried deployment of smart-grid technology could leave critical infrastructure and private homes vulnerable to hackers. Security experts at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas last week warned that smart-grid hardware and software lacks the necessary safeguards to protect against meddling."
privacy  smartmeters  climatechange  security 
august 2010 by osi_info_program
Open Data in Agriculture and Why It Matters
"Opening up food and agricultural data requires an information architecture and infrastructure that does not currently exist. The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization is a leader in providing easily accessible, highly usable, and surprisingly current data, but right now it is far ahead of the pack in terms of transparency in reporting. The USDA released its Open Government Plan in April and the possibilities the agency’s data presents for developers and entrepreneurs are many. However, there exists no single platform for coordinating the numerous strands of measurements, probabilities, risks, and fluctuations in real-time. We need to build toward a high level of integration and openness in data in order to truly be stewards of the land and sustainable producers and consumers of agricultural products."
food  health  climatechange  opendata 
july 2010 by osi_info_program
Times Higher Education - Research intelligence - Request hits a raw spot
"A ruling that FoI laws require him to share unpublished data has shocked a researcher, writes Hannah Fearn"
climatechange  opendata  foi  news 
july 2010 by osi_info_program
BT joins forces with Arqiva, Detica for smart meter bid | Networking | ZDNet UK
"BT is to bid for the communications part of the UK's smart-metering infrastructure, in partnership with Arqiva and Detica."
uk  smartmeters  privacy  bigdata  surveillance  climatechange 
july 2010 by osi_info_program
The controversies in climate science: Science behind closed doors | The Economist
"Two new reports say the science of climate change is fine, but that some scientists and the institutions they work in need to change their attitudes"
openscience  opendata  climatechange  oped 
july 2010 by osi_info_program
Climate controversies: Flawed scientists | The Economist
"The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change needs reform. The case for climate action does not"
openscience  opendata  climatechange  oped 
july 2010 by osi_info_program
Open Data is necessary but not sufficient « petermr’s blog
Peter Murray Rust and John Wilbanks discuss the role of open data in climate science. Wilbanks: "In most cases in climate change science, impacts, and adaptive responses, the hurdles for open science are not intellectual property rights but scientific practices related to confidentiality and protecting one’s own data and models - a different challenge."
openscience  climatechange  oped 
june 2010 by osi_info_program

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