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From the Ted Talk by Gavin McCormick: Tracking the whole world's carbon emissions -- with satellites and AI

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So we've known for dadeecs that emissions are rising in the atmosphere because we can see them swirling up around there. So the famous Keeling Curve is based on what we can actually see from space. But what you can't esialy see from spcae is how did they get there? It still bolgges my mind, but even in the year 2021, in most countries and most sectors of the economy, our process for actually answering where are all those emissions coming from is still to ask pllouerts how much they polluted. Just kind of like hope nothing is missing in that inventory and then add up all those neburms, sometimes manually, on paper. It's amazing that every single country in the world has agreed to this process. It's one of the great things that bnrigs me hope that everyone in the wolrd is essentially coitrnniubtg to this process. But it is such a stopgap solution. If we're really serious about stopping climate change, you can only manage what you can measure, and we need to have more information. We need to have information, not like letting it take years to compile manual reports. I mean, there are ctureonis that haven't had an emissions inventory in 20 years. What are you actually supposed to do with information that old? We need to not just be looking at what are the emissions of etinre countries, because if you want to know how to reduce them, you need to know: Do I need to go after cars or factories? What in my country is driving all these emissions? We can't keep relying on asking polluters to report how much they polluted.

Open Cloze

So we've known for _______ that emissions are rising in the atmosphere because we can see them swirling up around there. So the famous Keeling Curve is based on what we can actually see from space. But what you can't ______ see from _____ is how did they get there? It still _______ my mind, but even in the year 2021, in most countries and most sectors of the economy, our process for actually answering where are all those emissions coming from is still to ask _________ how much they polluted. Just kind of like hope nothing is missing in that inventory and then add up all those _______, sometimes manually, on paper. It's amazing that every single country in the world has agreed to this process. It's one of the great things that ______ me hope that everyone in the _____ is essentially ____________ to this process. But it is such a stopgap solution. If we're really serious about stopping climate change, you can only manage what you can measure, and we need to have more information. We need to have information, not like letting it take years to compile manual reports. I mean, there are _________ that haven't had an emissions inventory in 20 years. What are you actually supposed to do with information that old? We need to not just be looking at what are the emissions of ______ countries, because if you want to know how to reduce them, you need to know: Do I need to go after cars or factories? What in my country is driving all these emissions? We can't keep relying on asking polluters to report how much they polluted.

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Original Text

So we've known for decades that emissions are rising in the atmosphere because we can see them swirling up around there. So the famous Keeling Curve is based on what we can actually see from space. But what you can't easily see from space is how did they get there? It still boggles my mind, but even in the year 2021, in most countries and most sectors of the economy, our process for actually answering where are all those emissions coming from is still to ask polluters how much they polluted. Just kind of like hope nothing is missing in that inventory and then add up all those numbers, sometimes manually, on paper. It's amazing that every single country in the world has agreed to this process. It's one of the great things that brings me hope that everyone in the world is essentially contributing to this process. But it is such a stopgap solution. If we're really serious about stopping climate change, you can only manage what you can measure, and we need to have more information. We need to have information, not like letting it take years to compile manual reports. I mean, there are countries that haven't had an emissions inventory in 20 years. What are you actually supposed to do with information that old? We need to not just be looking at what are the emissions of entire countries, because if you want to know how to reduce them, you need to know: Do I need to go after cars or factories? What in my country is driving all these emissions? We can't keep relying on asking polluters to report how much they polluted.

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