As editorial partner to The New York Times, we produced over 90 sessions of live journalism at The New York Times Climate Hub over the course of 9 days during COP 26 in Glasgow. The following is a discussion between NYT Climate Editor, Hannah Fairfield, and Former Vice President of the United States, Al Gore, on the increasingly crucial role of data in tackling the climate crisis.
If we want to change our systems, we have to be able to see and understand them in all their complexity. We need the right data, and we need as much of it as is humanly and technologically possible. When it comes to climate change, a lot of this data is either obscure or missing. Issues of accessibility, traceability and, ultimately, accountability, make the process of gathering and disseminating climate data a lot harder than it should be. What can be done to speed up the process? What tools — technology-related or otherwise — can we employ? And how will these tools drive bolder and faster decision-making?