Climate data need shared and open governance

We agree that climate-data accounting systems should be interconnected globally, but caution against putting such greenhouse-gas ledgers into corporate hands (see A. Luers et al. Nature 607, 653–656; 2022). Corporately owned platforms would put climate data at risk of centralization and commercialization, creating another data monopoly for big tech.

Competing Interests

A.H. is part of an 11-person expert panel that advised and wrote a forthcoming report for the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine: Development of a Framework for Evaluating Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions Information for Decision Making. All authors of this correspondence are co-convenors of the Climate Action Data 2.0 (CAD2.0) working group.

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