Angel Hsu is a professor and data geek who applies data-driven methods to solve challenging environmental issues.

Why you should listen

Angel Hsu's research strives to distill clear policy signals through an ever-growing expanse of messy environmental data. She connects the dots between climate science, policy and sustainability. Working between the push and pull of data science and public policy drives her to explore how new technologies, analytical techniques and communication strategies can improve governance and lead to better environmental outcomes -- particularly in rapidly developing countries like China, where much of her research has focused.

Hsu founded and directs the Data-Driven EnviroLab, an international team of interdisciplinary researchers, scientists, programmers and visual designers who work collaboratively around the world to create new knowledge and policy tools designed to make the world greener and healthier. She is a lead and contributing author to global climate assessments like the UN Environment Emissions Gap Report and the IPCC. She is driven to tackle climate change so her two young sons can live their fullest lives.

More news and ideas from Angel Hsu


Urgency: Notes from Session 1 of the Countdown Global Launch

October 10, 2020

Countdown is a global initiative to accelerate solutions to the climate crisis. Watch the talks, interviews and performances from the Countdown Global Launch at Today, 10.10.2020, is the climate’s day of destiny: the Countdown Global Launch, a call to action on climate change and the first-ever free TED conference. Launching Countdown means asking ourselves […]

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In Brief

New insights on climate change action, a milestone for Maysoon Zayid and more TED news

September 14, 2018

As usual, the TED community is making headlines. Below, some highlights. Does local action make a difference when fighting climate change? Environmental scientist Angel Hsu teamed up with experts at several climate research institutes on a fascinating new report about the potential effects of local action in reducing greenhouse gas emissions globally. Hsu synthesized data […]

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Live from TED2018

In Case You Missed It: Finding space to dream at day 3 at TED2018

April 13, 2018

TED2018 hit its stride on day 3, with talks from explorers of space and oceans, builders of cities and bridges, engineers of the future and many more. Here are some of the themes we heard echoing through the opening day, as well as some highlights from around the conference venue in Vancouver. Are we alone […]

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