5 Ways AI Can Help Combat Climate Change
AI technologies are helping the world take meaningful strides towards climate change awareness and taking action against it.
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With extreme weather events happening more frequently all around the globe, a greater number of people are accepting climate change as fact and recognizing the need to take serious actions against it. With the help of artificial intelligence, these actions are becoming more meaningful and widespread, so they can make a true difference.
How AI Is Fighting to Save the Planet
Predicting Energy Usage
AI capabilities have grown remarkably in recent years, and one of the greatest ways AI can help limit the effects of climate change is by making the use of clean and renewable energy sources more universally available and affordable to use.
More specifically, AI can analyze weather and climate data to predict how much electricity will be needed to reduce energy waste. These predictions will only grow more accurate with time, as AI retains learned information and uses that knowledge bank to forecast, make decisions and perform tasks.
Artificial intelligence is useful for finding out where carbon emissions are coming from. Satellites can locate factories or other sources of large carbon output so they can be measured and the source made to comply with any regulations that are in place.
Monitoring Building Efficiency
AI can also serve as a control system that monitors and reduces the waste of large buildings to make them more efficient. Machines can determine how much energy is needed depending on the number of people in the building and the weather conditions. AI can also control the usage of the heating system and the lights, adjusting them as needed.
With the help of AI, more food can be grown with less effort and fewer chemicals. This technology can observe growing patterns and notify farmers of any problems that may arise.
A digital monitoring system can be set in place so workers can access information from a computer, without needing to go out into the field. They will be told when crops need watering if they are at risk of freezing from a drop in temperature when pests are found and so much more.
Finally, AI can be useful in preserving forests by predicting fires and droughts and monitoring the current effects of climate change. This data can then be used to make informed decisions and take inspired actions to both protect existing forests and to plant new ones.
By using the combined resources of human effort and AI to carry out the broad-scale functions that are needed to fight climate change, the future of the environment and all life on the planet could start to look much brighter. Time is of the essence, though, and AI can help minimize further damage and more quickly replace harmful practices with those that are environmentally friendly.
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