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JUST LAUNCHED. Introducing Resource Watch: New Data Platform to Monitor the Planet's Pulse

World Resources Institute and more than 30 partners are launching Resource Watch, a dynamic platform that provides trusted and timely data for a sustainable future. It leverages technology and near-real-time data to bring much-needed transparency on the state of the planet’s people, resources and commerce all in one place. 

Resource Watch was created in the face of two global challenges: a proliferation of data, and declining trust in institutions. Decision-makers are drowning in a sea of data yet can't find the information they need. That's where Resource Watch comes in: an easy-to-use monitoring tool that curates and visualizes reliable data. Now, users can see where shrinking reservoirs could cause instability, which cities’ air pollution levels pose a serious threat to their residents’ health, and watch a coral reef transform from bleaching over time

"The world's most vexing sustainability challenges – climate change, food security, population growth, water scarcity and more – are deeply intertwined. Yet too often people and data are stuck in silos,” said Janet Ranganathan, Vice President, Science and Research, World Resources Institute. “Now, Resource Watch allows users to see how issues intersect by visualizing and overlaying data in new ways. It helps analysts and decision-makers cut through the daunting mountain of data to find the signal in the noise."  

Resource Watch features hundreds of data sets on the challenges facing human society and the environment. Users can explore and overlay datasets on climate change, poverty, state instability, urban infrastructure and more. They can also download, analyze and visualize the data in countless ways, and share their insights.  

Today marks the first day that Resource Watch open to the public – the platform is free for all users and will continue to grow stronger and smarter as WRI adds new data layers and functionality every week. 

Resource Watch is free to all users. Start exploring now: http://resourcewatch.org