article / 12 May 2023

Climate Watch: The Past, Present and Potential Futures of Climate 

Climate Watch offers open data, visualizations and analysis to help policymakers, researchers and other stakeholders gather insights on countries' climate progress.


Research shows that to avoid climate change's worst impacts, greenhouse gas emissions will need to drop by half by 2030 and reach net-zero around mid-century. To get there, countries need to set bold short- and long-term climate plans, but many climate plans are falling short of the ambition needed to reach these climate goals. Nations desperately need to create climate plans that are informed by insightful and credible data.

About Climate Watch

Climate Watch is an open data platform that brings together dozens of datasets to let users easily search, analyze and compare countries’ climate progress and commitments under the Paris Agreement. Users can use the platform to access the latest historical greenhouse gas emissions data, track net-zero targets and explore nationally determined contributions (NDCs) and long-term strategies to reduce GHG emissions. The Climate Watch open data platform is managed by World Resources Institute in collaboration with partners and is a contribution to the NDC Partnership.

The platform is designed to help stakeholders gather the data to compare, analyze and evaluate countries’ efforts to address climate change.
Climate Watch includes:
  • Country Profiles, which provide an overview of countries’ climate actions, GHG emissions, vulnerability and much more.
  • 150 years' worth of data on Greenhouse gas emissions, including all countries, sector and greenhouse gases.
  • Comprehensive data on countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), Long-term strategies (LTS) and Net-Zero Targets.
  • Comprehensive mapping of linkages between Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and associated targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
  • Data and visuals of emissions scenario pathways for major emitting countries derived from a growing library of models.
  • Sectoral profiles that offer a snapshot of climate progress, risks and vulnerabilities.
  • Visualizations library, which gives users the ability to download data and create, save and share customized data visualizations through My Climate Watch.

These tools and resources give a comprehensive overview of the past, present and potential futures of climate. This wealth of knowledge enables users to make well-informed decisions on critical climate plans.

Climate Watch's Net-Zero Tracker
How to Use Climate Watch

This interactive training gives an overview of the platform and the ways you can use it to find data, gain insights on countries’ climate commitments, greenhouse gas emissions, generate custom visuals and access raw data for further analysis. 

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