The Newsletter about Climate Data, Regenerative Finance, and Climate Risk ⛅
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COP28, a pivotal climate conference, is happening in the next two weeks. dClimate will be attending this summit. If you're attending or know someone who is, we'd be thrilled to connect. Reach out to us for a meet-up!
Deforestation Data and Trends
It has been a couple of months since the release of our latest ecosystem product CYCLOPS, a comprehensive platform for monitoring natural capital. With 2023 nearing its end, it's a good time to reflect on deforestation trends and the vital need to safeguard our rainforests.
This WRI report highlights deforestation patterns between 2002 and 2022. We're eagerly anticipating the 2023 data, hoping to see the influence of Brazil's new president's environmental policies reflected in the forthcoming data sets.
Other Deforestation News
- A new scientific paper published in Nature found that "preserving existing forests and allowing them to regrow would achieve the bulk of forests’ carbon-storing potential — not simply planting millions of new trees."
- The drought in the Amazon rainforest is one of the worst on record. What are the implications?
- This recently published study provides evidence that "forests formally managed by Indigenous and local communities have improved outcomes for carbon, biodiversity and livelihoods, simultaneously addressing three goals."
- How Indigenous peoples and local communities are using satellite data to fight deforestation.
To discover how dClimate's data infrastructure can help track forest health and monitor various forms of natural capital, you can watch this segment from our co-founders' recent discussion on the ReFi Podcast. 👇
And in case you missed it, dClimate's collaboration with Rainforest Partnership aims to combine the power of remote sensing and emerging technologies with on-the-ground action by local communities that steward natural capital.
New Datasets to Monitor Natural Capital
Scientists from Sun Yat-Sen University have created and open-sourced the Globe230k dataset, which contains semantic segmentation of over 232,000 multimodal remote sensing images from a wide range of global regions. This large-scale remote sensing annotation dataset provides new insight into the dynamic monitoring of global land cover.
An international team of researchers has compiled and released the Database of European Forest Insect and Disease Disturbances (DEFID2). This new open database is a valuable tool for comprehending the ecological dynamics of forest damage due to insects and diseases, tracking these changes, and enhancing terrestrial and climate models.
Copernicus Explains the Value of the ERA5 Dataset
The ERA5 dataset is among the most used datasets for climate intelligence, but how can it help policymakers? Copernicus published an article explaining what ERA5 is and how it can support decision-making.
Climate Risks in the National Climate Assessment
The National Climate Assessment mirrors the globally renowned IPPC report, but with a focus on the U.S. The fact sheet linked below focuses on various U.S. regions and their climate-related risks and impacts.
How InsurTech is Using AI for Climate-Related Risks
This article explains why traditional models in the insurance industry are not suitable for underwriting climate risks. The piece features Zesty, Jupiter Intelligence, and Arbol to showcase how novel AI-powered systems can be used to underwrite climate perils.
ReFi Event at COP28
BxC is organizing a special event at COP28 centered on utilizing blockchain technology in climate finance. Speakers from Shamba, Thallo, Regen Network, and Filecoin Green will be present, so don't miss out if you're attending COP.
Gitcoin Grants 19 - Climate Solutions Round
During this quarter's Gitcoin Grant, the climate solutions round contained 100 ReFi projects. Over 3,300 people donated more than $35,000. These donations will be increased via a matching pool of $150,000 using quadratic funding mechanisms.
The crowd-sourced funding supports grassroots climate projects in the ReFi space.
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