President Obama turns to US citizens and local governments to combat global warming.
The Climate Data Initiative is a government platform that offers climate change data to city planners, local governments and the general public, in the hopes that these groups will develop new tools in the fight against global warming.
The new project aims to bring together open government data from groups such as the US Geological Survey and the National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration, and pair it with data, technology and new programs from tech giants like Google and Intel. The joining of such innovative and powerful enterprises will ensure the project reaches as many influential companies and people worldwide.
The initiative’s incentive comes from Obama’s longstanding support of environmental efforts, evident in his State of the Union Address earlier this year:
“Climate change is a fact. And when our children’s children look us in the eye and ask if we did all we could to leave them a safer, more stable world, with new sources of energy, I want us to be able to say yes, we did.”
The Obama administration is focusing their energy on tech innovators who are able to use this mass of public data to build tools that local communities could use. This program makes government-held data more accessible to the public, to developers, and to entrepreneurs. By placing these reams of data in the hands of the public, Obama hopes to empower Americans to take charge and protect themselves against current and future damage caused by natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy.
The initiative is already being supported and promoted by startups and tech companies who have created hackathons, RFIs and grant programs to help potential innovators dream up the next platform to prepare us for the inevitable.
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