How Can AI Fight Against Climate Change?
DECCAN CHRONICLE | DC Correspondent
Climate change is not just a concern for environmentalists anymore. The effects these changing conditions have on our planet will soon affect the global economy and all the societal systems we have in place. Many individuals have taken it upon themselves and are taking measures to fight climate change. But individual efforts hardly count for anything on a larger scale. This is why larger corporations and governments need to put in the effort and fight this fight against climate change.
Using artificial intelligence as a tool against climate change will help identify deeper environmental problems and find better solutions. AI systems can collect large datasets in real-time and create a proper analysis of the same. When the focus is building a greener society, the approach needs to be data-driven.
With AI becoming so relevant to climate change, new career opportunities in the field have been created. However, having just the basic knowledge of AI does not suffice, so Purdue University has introduced the AI and Machine Learning Course in Houston that anyone can start online.
AI Framework To Fight Climate Change
The framework created for AI to fight climate change is more of a prevention method. Artificial intelligence follows the approach of mitigation and adaptation to help us make more informed decisions regarding climate change.
Measuring different types of gas emissions, taking measures to reduce them, and acting on the removal of existing emissions are all part of the mitigation process.
All future climate conditions must be measured on a macro-level and micro-level to form accurate estimates and projections. When these measurements are done using artificial intelligence, the data collected is more accurate. When emissions are measured on a micro-level, it is easier to understand certain products' carbon footprint and create opportunities to reduce these emissions.
This approach will help organizations understand their part in climate change and help individual consumers make better-informed choices and reduce their carbon footprint.
Once the emissions are measured, it is time to work on reducing the current emissions and greenhouse gases. This time window during the mitigation process is crucial as it can mean averting catastrophic climate calamities.
Just reducing greenhouse gas emissions is not enough. The effects of those greenhouse gases also need to be dealt with. Artificial intelligence helps us make the healthy switch to better energy sources. It also helps us identify locations where harmful energy can be replaced with green energy.
Another way to mitigate climate change is to remove greenhouse gases from the environment. There are environmental removals as well as technological removals that can be carried out.
Increasing the number of trees in a polluted area and encouraging photosynthesis is one way of natural carbon reduction. AI can help you monitor large ecosystems and collect real-time data over time. Similarly, in terms of technical removal, AI can help solve more significant issues quickly.
Adaptation And Resilience
With the way climate change is affecting our cities in the long term as well as short-term events, it is essential to have measures in place for adaptation and resilience.
Observing climate patterns and concluding forecasts are not enough. We need to have concrete data to forecast long-term climate accurately. AI can help predict recurring hazards more effectively and help localities calculate the impact a sudden disaster would have on society. This not only helps people understand and prepare for the calamity but it also helps them take measures to reduce the event's impact.
Vulnerability And Exposure Management
No matter how much one prepares for extreme weather events, there will always be some aftermath. While being well prepared will reduce the mass hysteria, one must also know to manage the exposure and vulnerabilities left behind.
Exposure management becomes more accessible with the help of AI tools. During a calamity, when it is difficult to find help or resources, AI can help people in need find the closest resource.
Research, finance, and education are the fundamentals on which the fight against climate change can be won. In this fight, Artificial intelligence can be used as an instrument to carry out the research and plan the strategy accordingly. AI collects large amounts of data over time, which can be used to understand the scale at which the impact will happen.
AI also maintains a budget and keeps all the involved parties informed. Another way AI is used in the financial department of the climate change movement is by forecasting carbon prices.
AI has many unreached potentials that are being tested now in the fight against climate change. AI technology helps track live data and analyze it with precision. This helps in making accurate predictions regarding weather and climate for a shorter span and the long term.
Climate change has become such an integral part of our lives that to create a better future, we must think of innovative solutions. As AI is the most innovative technology right now, it is the one that is helping us find the best solutions.
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