Learn about what we are working on at OpenEarth

Stay up to date with our constant progress, from product updates to peer-reviewed publications and emerging innovation themes to address our global environmental challenges.

18 Jan

CityCatalyst: A Revolution in Urban Decarbonization Through AI and Data Integration

At the Open Earth Foundation, we’re excited to introduce CityCatalyst, a platform aimed at supporting cities and regional governments in their journey towards decarbonization. In the face of global efforts to combat climate change, we have identified a critical challenge faced by many cities – the accurate preparation of greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories. CityCatalyst is designed to address this challenge head-on, providing cities with a powerful digital platform to manage their climate data and create comprehensive GHG inventories.

17 Jan

Open Earth Foundation at COP28: Accelerating Climate Solutions and Forging Global Partnerships

As we look back on our participation at the COP28 conference in Dubai, the OpenEarth Foundation's presence and contributions were not only significant, but also marked a pivotal point in our journey. Led by our Executive Director and Founder, Martin Wainstein, our team engaged in crucial discussions, showcasing our innovative solutions and forging vital partnerships.

28 Nov

A Milestone for Urban Climate Action: OpenEarth's CityCatalyst Unveiled at New York Climate Week

This past September, members of the OpenEarth team attended New York Climate Week to participate in and host several key climate, technology and data events. One of our main events was in partnership with the Global Covenant of Mayors (GCoM) and the World Geospatial Industry Council (WGIC), where we showcased pioneering organizations and solutions propelling city climate action through data and AI, fostering partnerships that cater to local governments' needs for swift and expansive climate action. Our new CityCatalyst project was highlighted to showcase that successful city climate action hinges on data and tools for informed decision-making, streamlined action, and reduced technical burden. Our new tool leverages geospatial data, AI, and digital infrastructure, alongside coordination, to bridge local gaps and streamline action.

28 Nov

Climate Action Data 2.0 Wrap-up at New York Climate Week 2023

The Climate Action Data 2.0 community, co-convened by OpenEarth, has worked on digitally-enabling an independent Global Stocktake for the past two years. The Global Stocktake is the collective monitoring exercise for the Paris Agreement, and it has moved from the technical phase to the political phase by starting conversations around how climate action can lead to real accountability and the part the UNFCCC can play.

4 Aug

Advancing Climate Action Data at the UNFCCC Bonn SB58 Conference

During June, two of our OEF team members went to Bonn, Germany for the UNFCCC Technical Dialogues. Louisa Durkin and Martin Wainstein attended numerous events, where discussions were had about innovating climate action through digital and data architecture. We showcased the now live and populated platform, designed to support a Digitally Enabled Independent Global Stocktake (DIGS), and particularly relevant in the context of the newly announced UNFCCC Accountability Framework. We also attended workshops with the UNFCCC Global Innovation Hub, and met with the global city networks (C40, GCoM and ICLEI) to discuss the launch of our CityCatalyst programs.

29 Jun

Launching our Carbon Pricing Tool and Oracle to Help Companies Implement Internal Carbon Prices

To help improve the way companies invest in sustainability, OpenEarth, in collaboration with UC Berkeley and Chainlink Labs, has launched the first iteration of our digital carbon pricing tools, which include a carbon pricing calculator and educational resources, an API, and a Chainlink oracle that delivers the social price of carbon to blockchains.

23 May

Analyzing the OpenClimate Platform and Addressing User Challenges

At OpenEarth we recently conducted user testing of our OpenClimate platform. In this blog post, we will discuss our testing methodology, the main results, the challenges users face when searching for climate information, and the conclusions we drew from the process.

9 May

Digital Product Design: A Catalyst for Climate Change Mitigation

Carlos Octavio Graffi, our Product Design Lead at OpenEarth, shares how complex challenges like climate change mitigation can be addressed by the designer’s work.

25 Apr

From Policy to Action: A Marine Biodiversity Credit Framework for the Success of MPAs and Beyond

How the Open Earth Foundation’s Ocean Program contributes to the implementation and progress of international agreements, treaties, and goals at a global and local level.

27 Mar

How does Climate Data Contribute to Climate Accountability?

A reflection from our Climate Action Data 2.0 February meeting.

23 Feb

Who are biodiversity data actors?

An assessment of the emerging actors for stocktaking collective progress toward the Global Biodiversity Framework

16 Jan

OpenEarth Foundation Collaborating with Chainlink to Release a Carbon Pricing Oracle to Deliver Accurate Carbon Costs On-Chain

To help improve the way companies invest in sustainability, we are releasing a Chainlink carbon pricing oracle, in collaboration with UC Berkeley, that delivers the true social price of carbon to blockchains. By dynamically leveraging the latest scientific models to provide accurate estimates of the social price of carbon, organizations can better mitigate their climate impact by accurately pricing the social cost of their carbon emissions.

6 Dec

1 Year Anniversary of OceanDrop!

1 year ago today, the OpenEarth Foundation hosted OceanDrop, an NFT art fundraising auction to raise funds for our Ocean Program! The OceanDrop campaign was successful in helping start our program, which launched in February 2022, and raised awareness about ocean conservation.

29 Nov

Current state of ReFi: a Litepaper exploring how to create interoperability in the ecosystem

Technical components must be innovated and developed in collaboration with practitioners on the ground and climate experts. Web3 and the legacy climate system can inspire one another and develop evolving synergies.

21 Nov

OpenEarth at COP27 in Sharm El Sheik, Egypt

COP has just finished up in Sharm El Sheik and we had two of our teammates there representing OpenEarth. The Paris Agreement is a very powerful tool we have for global collaboration to progress on environmental goals. We are honored to be able to develop open source technology as a partner of UNFCCC. Here are some highlights from our time in Egypt.

17 Nov

OpenEarth’s First Ocean Program Whitepaper: Marine Ecosystem Credits

Our Ocean Program has launched our first whitepaper on Marine Ecosystem Credits. These credits will scale conservation of the ocean and it's ecosystems through innovative solutions.

10 Nov

Introducing OpenClimate: An Open Source Nested Accounting Stocktaking Platform

The OpenClimate platform is an open sourced nested accounting platform that is designed to digitally-enable the independent global stocktake.

2 Nov

First Global Stocktake Climate Datathon Produces Data Visualizations, Solutions at COP 27

Representatives from winning teams will present their work on Science Day, November 10th at COP27.

18 Oct

Take a Dive into Our Ocean Program: See How We’re Expanding

Open Earth’s Oceans Program launched in February 2022, with a goal of developing innovative tools to scale ocean conservation finance. Our program was launched with the support from the NFT fundraiser and the passionate artists who collaborated with OpenEarth to make this program possible, and to protect our ocean.

7 Oct

OpenEarth 2 Years in Review

For the past two years OpenEarth Foundation has been advancing big picture, planetary-scale innovations around climate action and environmental resilience. We are proud of what we have accomplished for such a young organization, and we believe there is still so much yet to achieve in order to tackle both the climate and biodiversity crises.

26 Sep

OpenEarth and Linux Foundation’s OS-Climate partner to expand climate data commons for the Paris Agreement

OpenEarth Foundation has joined the Linux Foundation’s open source collaboration, OS-Climate, to work together to further develop data commons that enable nested accounting of climate data and alignment with Paris Agreement goals.

16 Sep

OpenEarth partners with BCGov to develop a digital trust marketplace for climate accounting

OpenEarth is developing a pilot with the government of British Columbia for their companies and trusted auditors to issue verifiable climate credentials for improved ESG reporting and, through nested accounting, integrate corporate data into subnational climate inventories.

8 Sep

New York Climate Week 2022

Climate week is a series of asynchronous events that are relevant to those working in the climate action space. The most official events are hosted by Climate Group. Additionally, there are meetings of the General Assembly of the United Nations during Climate Week.

28 Jul

OpenEarth Foundation Partners With The UNFCCC To Bring Global Climate Action Into The Digital Age

United Nations Climate Change (UNFCCC) has partnered with the OpenEarth Foundation (OEF) to leverage emerging technologies in advancing innovation and transparency for climate action.

15 Jul

Open Access Carbon Pricing

How to achieve the carbon pricing we deserve.

7 Jul

A Digitally Enabled Independent Global Stocktake (DIGS) Litepaper

The OpenClimate project aims to create an open source (mitigation) accounting system to limit global warming to 1.5oC, as set out in the Paris Agreement.

6 Jul

Our main takeaways from the Bonn Climate Change Conference

We recently participated in the meetings of the Subsidiary Bodies (SB) of the Bonn Climate Change Conference, which includes the 56th meetings of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), convened from 6-16 June 2022 in Bonn, Germany.

27 Apr

Earth Comes First: Our Rebrand Process

OpenEarth’s work and mission is quite unique and it felt we needed new branding, an updated logo and an evolving website to ensure our brand and image would help us convey our essence to prepare us for the next 10 years ahead.

13 Apr

Why we need active inference?

The goal of this blog post is to introduce the reader to the OpenEarth AcInf research blog series. In blog 1 you will read about our core motivation for using Active Inference (ActInf for short) as a computer modeling strategy to study and solve planetary problems (§ 1-2).

29 Mar

COP26 Highlights: Three OpenEarth Foundation Initiatives Enabling and Accelerating Collective Climate Action

The OEF team dove into COP26 focusing on three key initiatives which will enable adherence to and ambitions under the rulebook and enable and accelerate initiatives across the pillars of collective climate action

28 Mar

Nested Climate Accounting: an integrated approach to universal data collection

A nested accounting system integrates climate-related information from different data collection approaches and across all actors.

28 Mar

CAD2.0 Community Contributing to the First Global Stocktake Process

The CAD2.0 working group consists of more than 60 organizations representing the data and analytic community that focus on NSA contributions to global climate governance.

22 Mar

Our 1 year journey from the CarbonDrop

Today, we celebrate a full circle around the sun since CarbonDrop, a NFT art auction to support Open Digital technology for Earth.

11 Mar

UNEP Blockchain Publication: Roadmap for Integration of Climate Finance and Accounting

OpenEarth was invited to contribute a chapter to a special report produced by UNEP called ‘Blockchain for sustainable energy and climate in the Global South.’ Our contribution focused more on how to use systems thinking to identify transformative solutions in the blockchain and digital technology space.

2 Mar

The #CarbonDrop: A Climate Statement

The #CarbonDrop NFT Art auction and fundraising event closed on Monday, March 22, raising a total of $6.6 million dollars.

2 Mar

OpenEarth’s Team and our first offsite Retreat takeaways

OEF decided to bring everyone together in Los Angeles, California to collaborate in person while living with each other for 4 days… and it was magical!

2 Mar

2021: OpenEarth’s Year in Review

Since our formal incorporation on September 21, 2020, OpenEarth has evolved from a validated innovation model at Yale’s Open Innovation Lab into a relevant global player in the climate tech space, building open infrastructure for a more resilient planet.