Artificial Intelligence How High-Tech Tools Are Helping Combat Climate Change

AI is helping researchers, urban planners, activists and even companies prevent damage to the climate. Algorithms can be used to detect forest destruction, reduce emissions – or even eavesdrop on animals in the ocean.
Aerial photographs and AI software are helping researchers map forest damage and even track animal populations in order to provide better protection.

Aerial photographs and AI software are helping researchers map forest damage and even track animal populations in order to provide better protection.

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A future laboratory for urban planning: Artificial intelligence can be used to simulate various scenarios.

A future laboratory for urban planning: Artificial intelligence can be used to simulate various scenarios.

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AI can analyze vast amounts of data to detect patterns like environmental degradation in rainforests.

AI can analyze vast amounts of data to detect patterns like environmental degradation in rainforests.

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Lynn Kaack, a researcher of climate change, AI and public policy at the Hertie School in Berlin.

Lynn Kaack, a researcher of climate change, AI and public policy at the Hertie School in Berlin.

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Environmentalists track forest destruction: In some places, they can even replant forests using drones and AI tools.

Environmentalists track forest destruction: In some places, they can even replant forests using drones and AI tools.

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Coral reefs form important ecosystems, but they are threatened with extinction around the world.

Coral reefs form important ecosystems, but they are threatened with extinction around the world.

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Their clicking noises give them away: Sound analysis identifies how many whales and other marine mammals are present underwater in specific locations.

Their clicking noises give them away: Sound analysis identifies how many whales and other marine mammals are present underwater in specific locations.

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This piece is part of the Global Societies series. The project runs for three years and is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.