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Science can do great things in the fight against climate change, and with the rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning, climate scientists can understand better its impact and how to stop it. AI can strengthen climate predictions, find ways to assign renewable energy and identify vulnerabilities and risk zones for our environment.
Thanks to Big-Data, machines can gather and analyze data from environmental data sources such as NASA to develop better solutions alongside researchers on how to reduce global emissions and suggest actions to industrial companies and governments.
Machine-learning algorithms can also predict extreme weather events like hurricanes, and tell us its severity and length. By being able to review dozens of data points at once, machines can warn governments and its citizens earlier than ever before, allowing everyone to prepare for an event with more time.
There is an issue, though, and it’s that AI uses a lot of energy. Like, a lot. Think HUGE amounts. In order to maintain the data processing flowing, massive data centers with rows and rows of computers need to be kept running - and that uses up a lot of energy. Some experts even compare it with the energy that a small city consumes. Wowza!
Even though AI has been around for some decades, the question on its environmental impact is only arising. It’s time for scientists to start doing AI in a more environmentally friendly way - even if it means focusing efforts on it.
What can you do to help? Start with digging deeper into climate change, try to discover new materials for your everyday stuff, plant your own food. We have to start somewhere!
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A Boeing 747 uses 7840 kg of fuel only for its takeoff, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has estimated that aviation is responsible for around 3.5% of the climate change related to human activity. The problem is the industry is not only growing, but its impact could contribute up to 5% of climate change causes. Swedes are recognizing the high climate damage derive from flying, and they are beginning to see changes in attitudes as well as in travel behaviors.
Politicians have started to think on other travel alternatives for their people, and Sweden is certainly a leading example on this. For them, trains are a more climate-friendly option than airplanes, as all rail tracks are electrified - meaning them zero-carbon. Even in countries where trains are still run on fossil fuels, they emit far less carbon per passenger than flying.
Swedes now have a concept called “flygskam” or “flight shame” - calling out people who brag about flying thousands of miles around the world and supporting alternative traveling options.
The country’s national railway service set a record in 2018 of 31.8 million passengers traveling with them, and in the first quarter of 2019 the numbers have increased 10% as compared with the same time last year. Several cargo ships are also offering transport for civilian passengers. Ships are by far the most efficient way to travel as they are essentially zero carbon for personal travel.
Here’s some food for thought expressed by a renowned climate academic: “Flight should be seen as a precious gift, to be used wisely and sparingly, not blown on cheap weekend jaunts.”
So, how will you make it to your next getaway destination? How about a nice boat ride there?
In the current decade, more than 85% of all primary energy-consumption sources in the world are fossil fuels, which consist of petroleum (34%), coal (28%), and natural gas (23%). These sources are considered non-renewable resources because they take millions of years to form, and current reserves are being depleted at a much faster rate than new ones being made.
While the United States hold less than 5% of the world’s population, they use up more than a quarter of the world’s supply of fossil fuels, triggering a warning to the world that the environment can no longer tolerate the negative effects of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and other greenhouse gases. Initiatives like the Paris agreement look to reduce emissions in order to keep the rise in global warming under control.
Countries like Costa Rica have been supporting renewable resources for the last five years, and it powers over 98% of all their electricity. Also, with the advance of technology and science, people have found other sources that are both sustainable and renewable. Here are some examples:
Solar Power: Solar panels produce renewable energy while securing low utility rates. They use the energy from the Sun to produce enough energy to power a whole household by themselves!
Wind Turbines: These turbines convert the wind’s kinetic energy into electrical energy and can rotate either on a horizontal or vertical axis. Wind has the lowest greenhouse gas emissions and most favorable social impact compared to other energy converters.
Power from Tides: The immense power of waves can be captured to generate electricity, desalinate water or pumping water. It is estimated that the total energy that could be generated by waves would account for 33% of the total amount of energy consumed annually by the US.
The future looks uncertain in regards to fossil fuels, but anything can happen. What other technologies can you think of are or will be capable of replacing fossil fuels and providing a sustainable future for our beautiful planet?