Data science for the environment | Dan Hammer | TEDxBerkeley




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Since the industrial revolution, as human technology has advanced, the environment has suffered. Dan Hammer is looking to turn this paradigm on its head, as he takes a high-tech approach to preserving the environment by using data science and satellite imagery to monitor and protect forests all around the globe.
Dan Hammer received 2017 Pritzker Award for his work to make environmental information more accessible to journalists. He earned his PhD in Environmental Economics from UC Berkeley, where he was a Fellow at the Berkeley Institute for Data Science. Dan works at an environmental and tech nonprofit that he founded alongside two other Berkeley alumni, including the former CEO of The Nature Conservancy and The Moore Foundation. He previously served as a Senior Policy Advisor on data infrastructure in the Obama White House, as well as a Presidential Innovation Fellow at NASA. Dan was the Chief Data Scientist at the World Resources Institute, where he co-founded Global Forest Watch — an online platform to monitor deforestation from satellite imagery. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

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  • TEDx Talks
    November 26, 2020

    Interesting stuff.

  • TEDx Talks
    November 26, 2020

    Underrated Talk!

  • TEDx Talks
    November 26, 2020

    Amazing job !

  • TEDx Talks
    November 26, 2020

    I had to look into this for a broader presentation for Big Data in the charity, non-profit & Governmental organisations… quite interesting, and they were supposed to have another UN meet-up on the subject this coming October iirc. The problem is, with documentaries such as Cowspiracy, we know there's so much unnecessary deforestation is happening for animals to be fed grain that could be going to the starving and the homeless, and then to be killed. Activists are being run out, but with the amazon under threat – which I know that KFC are partially responsible for (if I remember the details of the letter they got from Greenpeace when I worked there), people need to be given the whole truth as to what's going on before it's too late

  • TEDx Talks
    November 26, 2020

    people deserve to know your insights!

  • TEDx Talks
    November 26, 2020

    very interesting content…good work Dan Hammer and your colleagues.

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