This story is part of Fix’s What’s Next Issue, which looks ahead to the ideas and innovations that will shape the climate conversation in 2022, and asks what it means to have hope now. Check out the full issue here.
Six years ago, 196 nations agreed to transform their societies and economies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prevent Earth from warming an additional 2 degrees Celsius. Under the Paris Agreement that came out of that meeting, they also promised to use the best available science to achieve carbon neutrality by the middle of the century.
Trouble is, emissions data available for most countries is often self-reported, at least 10 years old, and available only in pdfs, spreadsheets, and videos that are difficult to access, analyze, and compare. Information for some sectors, such as dairy and beef production, is sparse to non-existent. Studying what is available can be expensive and time-consuming. All of this presents a huge problem, because it’s hard to know what kind of progress you’re making if you don’t know where you’re starting from.
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