Open Climate Widget Creations

Create useful widgets of information within the Open Climate portal
This prompt is currently being updated alongside the final alpha release of the Platform: expect a full release by September 2020.
PROMPT P2: Use the App package to create a Widget within the Open Climate portal that integrates relevant climate data, back-end functionality and displays in the front end frames. A first example involved the inclusion of equity assessment models and data from the Paris Equity Check website into the Open Climate platform and portal, providing the ‘Explore’ function an assessment of how ‘fair’ country emission reduction targets are, so that a climate progress accounting can be framed within this analysis.
Prompt Hosts: Yale Open Innovation Lab | Open Climate Platform | Steven Ettinger). Discord [for communication] CoMakery [for task management]
This prompt requires basic knowledge of both the Open Climate Platform documentation and software stack (the 'widget application package'), as well as data science, particularly using matlab or python, and general software engineering for front end frames and plats with data driven documents

Paris Equity Check Widget Creation

Background and Suggested Reading

The Paris Equity Check project compiled and calculated the assessment of countries ‘fair share’ of emission reduction, considering their NDC. The Multi-Equity Map, for example, shows how ambitious are countries’ climate pledges under the Paris Agreement across five commonly discussed visions of equity. Concretely, a country can be considered ambitious from more perspectives, and potentially more ambitious, when its climate pledge aligns with multiple visions of equity. These assessments are done based on a % of reduction compared to a baseline year (i.e. 100%) such as 2010.
The Open Climate platform seeks to integrate static pledges and historical emission data (immutably stored on a blockchain) with integrated bottom climate actions and integrated accounting, combining emission reporting with mitigation MRV (monitoring, reporting and verification). The ‘Explore’ page in the open climate portal shows all climate actors, from countries down to individuals through subnational and private actors. The Paris Equity Check data and assessment would help provide context, not just on how actors climate progress is done in respect to their pledges, but also to what a ‘fair’ pledges should be.
In addition to the 'equity check' discussed for countries to measure the proportionality of emissions reductions that might be expected, a team could expand this scope to include tasks as follows:
  • Check on reported emissions databases including WRI's CAIT (Climate Watch) and the UNEP's annual Emissions Gap Report and the Climate Action Tracker to determine scenarios in which countries' NDCs could be enhanced respectively to meet the global goal of staying well-below 2 Degrees C.
  • Check companies against their Science Based Targets to measure how they stack up.
  • Take the methodology of the Science Based Targets approach and expand it to other companies and non-state actors.
Sketched example of incorporation of paris equity check content into a widget space

Paris Equity Check Repository