ICT

  • SATELLITES, GOOGLE AND THE POLITICS OF CO2-MONITORING

    How collaborations between science, and the massive data and technology capacities of major ICT actors, can drastically improve monitoring systems needed to underpin international environmental agreements.

    As the international climate negotiations move into a more intense phase, one additional issue seems to contribute to the deadlock: CO2-monitoring. According to the New York Times (14th December 2009), China “is refusing to accept any kind of international monitoring of its emissions levels”. As a result, the United States is insisting that “without a stringent verification of China’s actions, it cannot support any deal”.