Sustainability spotlight: Is Big Data up to the challenge of climate change?
Big Data could be the perfect tool for tackling the climate crisis. By analysing vast troves of historical, real time and projected data (from historical carbon emissions to current solar capacity), it could be used by governments, NGOs and businesses to track progress, policies and impacts. Nice in theory, but Big Data is far from giving us this unified picture. In this session we’ll ask:
• Has Big Data failed to communicate the climate crisis?
• Is climate tracking the next frontier for Big Data 2.0?
• Can Big Data provide a single version of the truth for climate change?
• What should we be measuring??