The global climate-action-map is a cool application making use of publicly available datasets to visualize which countries are actively engaged in the fight against climate change. It has been released by the Climate Institute.

All major emitting countries are implementing policies to reduce emissions, drive clean energy investment and improve energy efficiency. This is driven by a range of factors including the need to reduce local and global air pollution, avoid environmental degradation, improve energy security and build new industries and employment opportunities. This map provides a summary of high-level national actions on climate change and a good point to start researching the facts.

What becomes obvious is that while countries representing over 80 % of global emissions have now committed to reduce or limit greenhouse gas emissions, the current commitments on the table mean the world is still heading for 3-4 degrees of global warming. A lot more needs to be done to keep rising temperatures within manageable boundaries!barrel.gif

The map, which works based on a color code for a first impression, gives country specific details at mouse-over at national levels.

Criteria for the ranking of countries:

  • Emissions Target – the greatest emitters have set themselves targets and committed to the international community to reduce emissions compared to a ‘business as usual’ scenario
  • Renewable Energy Target – today, about 100 countries have such a target in place
  • Carbon Price – average base carbon price is shown in the local currency and is converted into international dollars
  • Emissions Standard – whether a country is implementing regulations to control carbon pollution from the power sector
  • Energy Efficiency – over 40 countries have set targets to improve the efficiency of their energy consumption
  • Forestry and  Agriculture Emissions – some countries have incentives in place to address emissions from farming and other land uses

I think this is another good example of how  visualizations of data can help to gain oversight about complex areas of climate change mitigation. Try it!

EnviroFinland also reports about this new map application.