How Emerging Tech Can Counteract Climate Change

  • 2019-01-24
  • GreenBiz

A recent United Nations Environment report suggested that nations must triple mitigation efforts in order to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius and avoid the catastrophic effects of climate change. While it is still possible to course-correct on climate change, we are quickly running out of time — the U.N. suggests that we have until 2030 to close the emissions gap.

At Intel, we believe that global climate change is a serious environmental, economic and social challenge that warrants an equally serious response by both governments and the private sector.

In addition, emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), 5G communications and the Internet of Things (IoT) have incredible potential to address long-standing environmental challenges — from energy efficiency to resource management to predictive analytics, to name a few. As we and other technology companies work to reduce our own climate footprint, our technologies also can help dramatically reduce society’s footprint.

Currently, Intel is working with a leading forest management non-governmental organization (NGO) and drone manufacturer to deploy drones in Costa Rica in order to build 3D models of forests’ surfaces.