Future with AI: Artificial intelligence will be a weapon in the fight against climate change

Many climate scientists feel artificial intelligence can play a key role in the battle against climate change. Others warn it is not a magic pill and has its limitations.

Future with AI: Artificial intelligence will be a weapon in the fight against climate change

Artificial intelligence (AI) is the new buzzword in almost every field—using data solutions to complex problems in healthcare, education and various other sectors. But can AI be used to deal with one of the biggest threats to mankind in recent times—climate change? The answer is in the affirmative for many.

To be sure, the technology cannot battle climate change per se. But its analytical prowess and data-finding skills can be used for mitigation, improving weather forecast and finding adaptation measures, according to scientists.

UN bats for AI

In fact, a lot of buzz has been building up in recent times over the possible role of AI to combat climate change. In July this year, in his address to the Security Council debate on artificial intelligence, UN secretary-general António Guterres called for a race to develop AI that is reliable and safe, can end poverty, banish hunger, cure cancer and supercharge climate action.

On October 26, the secretary-general announced a new artificial intelligence advisory body that will work on the risks, opportunities and international governance of artificial intelligence. He said AI could help could supercharge climate action and efforts to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

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