Interactive Emissions Tracker Links CARB Database with Google Maps

by | Aug 9, 2012

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The California Air Resources Board has launched a mapping tool that allows users to locate major sources of greenhouse gases and examine the emissions of each facility.

The emissions tracker and interactive map application (depicted in graphic) links CARB’s database of the state’s largest sources of greenhouse gases with Google’s mapping technology, including satellite photography that shows details of each facility. The Google Earth module features a graphic representation showing the relative size of each facility’s annual emissions in relation to others throughout the state.

Users can filter the results by sector, such as choosing cement manufacturers, refineries or power stations. The application also shows six out-of-state facilities that provide some of the electricity imported into California, CARB said.

About 625 facilities in California with emissions exceeding 25,000 tons of GHGs a year have reported their annual emissions for the past three years. The results, which were independently verified by a third party, have been integrated into the online interactive emissions tool.

In January, the EPA launched its own online tool that allows users to view and sort GHG data by facility, location, industrial sector and the type of GHG emitted. The EPA’s online tool doesn’t include Google Earth capabilities, CARB said.

The EPA has introduced numerous online databases and tools in the past several years, including the Toxicity Forecaster and a database of chemical exposure studies.

Separately, marketing agency Conversation is helping build a website for the Blue Carbon Initiative that will focus on building awareness and fostering a network around the importance of blue carbon ecosystems, such as mangroves and tidal marshes, which help alleviate global climate change, the organization said.

The Blue Carbon Initiative is a collaborative effort among governments, research institutions, non-governmental organizations and communities around the world that works to develop policies and sound science to support the sustainable use of coastal ecosystems.

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