How humans are destroying the Earth – and how we can still save it. The most important data and background information on the world’s biggest crisis: This is the SZ Climate Monitor. With a clear, always up-to-date dashboard, it shows the most important figures and long-term trends at a glance, and is at the same time a landing page for analyses, columns and reports that dive deep into various aspects of the climate crisis.
The SZ Climate Monitor is very well received by readers, is shared a lot on social media and is the entry point for many readers to the other articles on what is probably the most important topic of our time.
The Monitor makes use of several data sources, some of which flow in automatically. The graphics are partly built with the tool Datawrapper and partly programmed by the Visual Desk team itself. The data cleansing and analysis is done by the Data Team mainly in R.
What was the hardest part of this project?
A major challenge in this important topic is to communicate to people the urgency of action, to show where we are and where we are currently going, and to create a sense that we can really make a difference through our behavior in the here and now. Dashboards demonstrated these qualities in the pandemic, with their measures, comparisons, and trends showing, virtually on a daily basis, where we were and how our behavior, driven by actions, holidays, or vaccination preparedness, affected the situation for better or worse. The dashboards picked people up in their everyday lives and became the main orientation and basis for discussion for many. Doing the same for the climate crisis is more difficult because, at first glance, it is not felt as strongly in our everyday lives. At first glance. The Climate Monitor uses long-term trends, as well as monthly comparisons and even last-hour renewable energy production share, to create a topicality. By linking to current analyses and articles, the reader is always provided with the latest information.
What can others learn from this project?
This project learns from the successes of coronavirus pandemic reporting and uses the lessons learned to report on another important issue. It shows how we can give a sense of timeliness and urgency to issues where data does not renew daily or where the impact is not felt overnight in people’s daily lives.