Data ReFined #04: The Newsletter about Climate Data, Regenerative Finance and Climate Risk ⛅

The latest news on how climate data and AI-driven analytics powers the regenerative finance movement and enables climate risk management.

Data ReFined #04: The Newsletter about Climate Data, Regenerative Finance and Climate Risk ⛅
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In this edition of the Data ReFined newsletter, the sections are now divided into the main themes of this newsletter: Climate Data & Intelligence, Regenerative Finance, and Climate Risk & Resilience. Each of these topics contains recently released articles, videos, and podcasts to get up-to-date with the latest news. This way is it easier to find the content that interests you the most; more signal, less noise.

With these changes explained, let's get into it! ⬇️

Highlighted News

🌲 Thinking Machines shared their story on how they have built "free and open-ground truth datasets that can be used to develop ML models to predict above-ground biomass (AGB) from drone imagery".

AI Applications In Conservation Start With Good, Clean Data
A former wildlife biologist turned geospatial intelligence analyst makes the case for AI-enabled tools in conservation efforts.

📜 Ed Hawkins, the lead scientist behind the 'warming stripes' graphics, explains the background process of one of the most impressive data visualizations featured in the recent IPCC Synthesis Report in this Twitter thread.

🎙️ In this podcast episode by Climate Rising, two Google employees explain how Google uses AI and Machine Learning to tackle some of the biggest challenges for climate mitigation and adaptation.

Google’s AI Approach to Climate Change - Climate Rising
In this second episode in our series on climate change and AI, Yossi Matias, Vice President, Engineering & Research at Google, and the founding Managing Director of Google Center in Israel, explains how Google uses AI and Machine Learning to tackle some of the biggest challenges for climate mitigati…

Quick News

🌳 dClimate published a short Twitter thread for International Forest Day, explaining how digital monitoring, reporting and verification (dMRV) tools can help to protect forests.

🌍 The Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) has made an additional 19 years of reanalysis data from ERA5 available, bringing the dataset history to 1940. Copernicus also announced a series of data visualization workshops to learn how to use their open climate datasets for storytelling.

📅 The Open Earth Foundation has updated their open data platform that aggregates GHG emissions and climate commitments from countries, cities and businesses all around the world.

♻️ Toucan Protocol published an extensive overview of the Regenerative Finance movement, offering value and insights for both those familiar and new to the ReFi space.  

What is ReFi | Regenerative Finance explained
Regenerative Finance (often shortened to ReFi) is a transparent, accessible, and inclusive alternative to traditional financial systems. We’ll explore the basics of ReFi, and look into what it can mean for individuals and businesses.

🌐 Hyphen has lifted the curtain of their Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) offering, which "automates and securely reports any primary direct data from internal networks, smart-meters, or IoT to customized user interfaces or existing front ends".

Introducing Hyphen’s Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)
The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) is defined by technological advancements transforming the way society lives, works and communicates…

🌿 The latest ReFi DAO Roundup provides an excellent overview of more ReFi news, with special attention given to WEF's paper containing recommendations for digitizing the voluntary and regulated carbon markets.

Scalable Carbon Markets 📈 🚀 | Roundup #56
Emerging technologies + carbon markets = greater reach, credibility, and scalability... Plus the latest news, updates, jobs and events in ReFi and beyond!

Do you want to contribute to the ReFi space and start building with the climate information hosted on the dClimate Data Marketplace? Reading the documentation and joining our community on Discord is the easiest way to get started!

📖 AON's annual report on financial damage due to climate catastrophes has been released, stating that 2022 saw $313 billion worth of climate related damage. Almost 60% of this was not insured, accounting for $181B in losses.

dClimate's partnership with parametric insurer Arbol aims to lower the so-called Global Protection Gap. In 2022, we settled $170 million in climate risk coverage, helping communities and businesses achieve financial resilience against climate risks.  

2023 Weather, Climate and Catastrophe Insight | Aon
Derisking for a resilient world

☔ The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) published their 2023 Climate Risk Landscape report to help financial institutions better understand the landscape of climate risk tools. The report provides comprehensive analysis on dozens of risk tools.

The 2023 Climate Risk Landscape – United Nations Environment – Finance Initiative

🎧 This podcast episode of InsTech dives into parametric cover to fill the insurance gap of (hyper)local weather events.

Matt Coleman & Bill Clark: The Demex Group: Insuring the gap - protection for frequent weather losses
We hear a lot about insurance protection for major catastrophes, but losses from frequent, local events now cause as much damage as the larger disasters that make the news. But insurance coverage is lagging behind leaving insurers and enterprises exposed to loss with no insurance protection.The Deme…

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