Technology’s Role in Fighting Climate Change

Today’s technologies have the ability to help nations to meet their net-zero commitments by reducing CO2 emissions and giving countries greater resources to act and tackle natural hazards linked to climate change. With COP26 underway and the world’s financial and political leaders converging in Glasgow to discuss a mutual way forward for climate change, there are already tech solutions that are being utilised to solve the crisis and help to curb rising global temperatures.

AI-Powered Monitoring of Forests and Wildfires

Artificial intelligence (AI) has tremendous potential to help the world reduce the global greenhouse gas emissions generated by forest fires and wildfires. Estimates from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) suggest that AI could slash emissions from these natural fires by up to 4% by the end of this decade. Microsoft is investing big sums into its ‘AI for Earth’ program. Its cloud-based Azure platform has partnered with Terrafuse to try and develop models that can not only observe and calculate the spread of wildfires but predict when they are more likely to happen.

Direct Air Capture (DAC) Technology

Did you know? Levels of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere have soared by as much as 48% since the emergence of the Industrial Revolution. An innovative way of reducing the CO2 emitted into the air is to utilise DAC technology. It sounds quite complex, but in reality it’s a rather rudimentary solution. It uses massive vacuum cleaners that can suck the excess CO2 out of the atmosphere. In some cases it can be captured and stored and in others DAC technology can be distributed to industries that rely heavily on CO2 – namely the carbonated drinks brands and the agricultural industry which uses CO2-based fertilisers.

Live Streamed Entertainment

There is a sense that the increased speed and reliability of fibre optic broadband has ushered in a new era of live-streamed, on-demand entertainment subsectors. Many of which have helped to reduce the carbon footprint of long-standing industries like retail and casino gaming. Live dealer casinos have made it possible for players to enjoy their favourite casino games from the comfort of their own home, while still enjoying that same level of real-time engagement with dealers and fellow players alike. The live casino industry is thriving, with a wealth of operators competing to provide the best casino bonuses to entice new players to their live table games and slots, as well as those powered by digital random number generators (RNGs).

Remote Working

Remote working technologies and platforms have played a major role in the lives of millions worldwide during the last 18 months. The pandemic has provided a large-scale use case for the potential for hybrid working, giving businesses and professionals a route to slashing their carbon footprints by working from home and minimising use of transport and energy within commercial properties. Remote working platforms like Slack, Microsoft Teams and Zoom have made it possible for businesses and departments to stay connected and maintain a working culture that attracts and retains talent – whilst limiting the implications of transport use for commuting purposes.