On August 24, Earth.Org had a conversation with Ashley Bang, a data scientist who specialises in climate modelling and conservation strategies, about how climate change impacts human and urban environments. In our chat, we talked about the role of data science in influencing policies in mitigating climate change and how it can inform individual behaviours. 

Ashley spoke with Earth.Org about several topics, including:

Ashley also shared her current data research on plastic packing waste in Hong Kong and found that the city uses 3.9 billion food and drink container in a year alone, even before the pandemic. The amount of waste is enough to fill the IFC building in Hong Kong nearly 50 times over. However, she believes banning plastic packaging may not necessarily be the answer. Research has shown that without price competitive plastic alternatives and a waste system that can effectively deal with these alternatives, cleaning and recycling plastic are actually better for the environment based on today’s conditions.

You can check out the full length video of Earth.Org ‘s conversation with Ashley Bang below:

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