Power plants burning fossil fuels constitute over 40% of global carbon dioxide (CO 2) emissions to the Earth's atmosphere every year. Carbon dioxide is the most important anthropogenic greenhouse gas contributing to climate change. Information regarding where the world's power plants are located and how much each one is emitting is not well-known outside of the US and a handful of industrial countries.
The Ventus Project
led by Dr. Kevin Robert Gurney
at Arizona State University , is a unique opportunity for you to work with the scientific community by contributing this power plant information. Your role can be as simple as providing the exact coordinates of a single power plant near your home or work (or correcting the location of one already identified). Or, you may have information regarding a series of power plants including, not only location, but power generation, fuel type and CO2 emissions..
The picture is a sample of power plants in our database. With your help we hope to build upon this solid foundation, with enhanced detail in the data collected, in terms of geographical accuracy and subsequent emissions calculations. Remember, every piece of new information you add is important to our understanding the of global carbon dioxide picture.