Scientists use crowd-sourcing to help map global CO2 emissions

person using VentusTo locate global power plants and record their greenhouse gas emissions, Arizona State University scientists are calling on citizens for help. The researchers, including Sustainability Scientist Kevin Gurney, developed a website with a Google Earth interface that makes it easy for everyday people around the world to enter information. The website, "Ventus," aims to create a complete list of global power plants, something that does not exist and is needed to fully comprehend the global carbon emissions cycle. "Through Ventus, people around the world can play an active role in helping to solve the climate change problem," Gurney said. "We hope to gather a global team of people who want to make a difference—and do so, right now. The information we gather from Ventus can ultimately help determine what we as a society can do locally and globally about climate change." Watch the video »