|OS-Climate - Open Source To Tackle Climate Change|
|Written by Nikos Vaggalis|
|Thursday, 18 August 2022|
OS-Climate is a Linux Foundation-backed project working to develop open source data and tools to help to meet the Paris Accord climate goals of limiting warming to well below 2 °C, with an aspiration of 1.5 °C.
Prudent risk management requires consideration of bad-to-worst-case scenarios. Yet, for climate change, such potential futures are poorly understood. Could anthropogenic climate change result in worldwide societal collapse or even eventual human extinction?
At present, this is a dangerously underexplored topic. Yet there are ample reasons to suspect that climate change could result in a global catastrophe. Analyzing the mechanisms for these extreme consequences could help galvanize action, improve resilience, and inform policy, including emergency responses.
Taken from the research paper "Climate Endgame: Exploring catastrophic climate change scenarios"
To that end, 1.5 °C might not sound a lot, but in essence it would make a big difference. Open sourcing tools and making them available to scientists at large as a contribution to putting as many brains possible behind it, is one way of going about it. As a step in the right direction, the Linux Foundation in collaboration with BNP Paribas, Allianz, Airbus, Amazon, Red Hat and Ortec Finance has released three tools, not just for scientists but also for financial institutions, corporations, NGOs, regulators and academics, in order to help them reach climate-aligned financial decisions. Let's not forget that there's a +$5 trillion annual climate-aligned investment required to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement.
Three separate tools, the Physical Risk & Resilience Tool, the Climate Portfolio Alignment Tool, and the Transitional Analysis Tool, comprise the OS-Climate toolkit:
The project's Community Hub on GitHub contains all the necessary info for getting started.
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|Last Updated ( Friday, 19 August 2022 )|