When it comes to protecting the environment and the climate, most people think of renewable energies, electric cars, and sustainable products. However, artificial intelligence (AI) can also play a decisive role in the fight against environmental pollution and climate change.
In the last few years, AI has become the technology topic par excellence in production and has already been heavily integrated. Machines make decisions autonomously and can evaluate much more data than humans could ever be able to do.
Ways in which AI can protect the environment
AI has huge potential in climate protection and there are various ways in which AI, especially in the form of machine learning, can be used to cope with climate change. In this way, it can help to collect and process data on temperature changes and carbon emissions. Weather events and climate can be foreseen, and the effects of extreme weather conditions can be shown. Energy consumption can also be precisely analyzed and controlled. AI will also play a very important role in the security of the water supply, as this is becoming an increasing challenge.
It also has the potential to transform the transport sector in such a way that there are fewer CO2 emissions and generally more efficient transport. Also, carbon emissions from industry, more precise agriculture, smarter recycling, and monitoring of endangered plant and animal species are possible.
On the consumer side, too, AI can help to behave in a more climate-friendly manner and to create awareness of the environmental and climate impact.
Who is leading the race of AI development?
In addition to governments, major technology companies such as Microsoft, Amazon, and Google are leading the race of AI development. You have long since started investing in AI applications that help combat climate change.
AI is one of several key technologies that are required to achieve climate goals through efficiency increases, the associated reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, and the associated saving of resources. The fact is, that it will play an increasingly important role in all areas of life in the future.