Environment & Climate change

World Oceans Day is a great opportunity to remind us about the important responsibility we have in protecting our ocean on a global scale. The ocean’s health is vital in sustaining, and supporting us all. Yet its future well-being is...
  • 8 June 2022
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By Guillem Martínez Roura As robots move from pure imagination to rapid implementation in more and more facets of daily life, AI for Good is highlighting developments driving the future of robotic technologies. This month, ITU participates in the European...
  • 7 June 2022
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From monitoring environmental changes and measuring waste, to predicting poverty and even helping health workers during the pandemic, it is incredible to know the variety of ways Artificial Intelligence (AI) is already reshaping our world. “Artificial Intelligence can track, analyze...
  • 13 May 2022
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“What does Antarctica smell like?” It’s a question only a child could — and did — ask about the southern-most continent on Earth. And it’s just one of many questions from children helping to populate The Antarctic Explorer, a new...
  • 21 April 2022
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One of the most pressing issues facing cities and urban spaces are the future impacts of climate change, and how to make critical decisions related to mitigation and response. This month, ITU’s AI for Good Innovation Factory series kicked-off with...
  • 20 April 2022
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Wang Xinhui, General Manager of Wireless Standardization, and Industrial Relations, ZTE Artificial intelligence (AI) is advancing at an increasingly rapid pace. New technological applications and systems are currently being used to simulate, extend, and expand human intelligence. With the continued development...
  • 25 February 2022
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By Sheri Hinish, IBM Sustainability Services Global Lead Businesses cannot succeed in societies that are failing. The urgency of fulfilling the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 is a global rally for climate action underpinned by systemic reform, social justice,...
  • 14 February 2022
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The effects of climate change and rapid urbanization around the world degrade the natural world, including wetlands and the wildlife that benefits from them. These factors also threaten the sustainable development of surrounding communities. Lake Sembakkam, in Chennai, India is...
  • 20 December 2021
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Despite covering 71 per cent of Earth’s surface, oceans remain a vast unknown in terms of what lies beneath their surface. Advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and marine robotics, however, could soon make the undersea depths more familiar. This year...
  • 22 November 2021
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By Aleksandra Peeva     The IAEA has joined the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and 37 other United Nations organizations to work together in identifying artificial intelligence (AI) applications that accelerate reaching the UN Sustainable Development Goals.   At the AI for Good Global Summit 2021, on 18 and 24 November the IAEA will host two webinars open to the public, which build and expand on the way in which AI applications, methodologies and...
  • 18 November 2021
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12 November 2021 / Environment & Climate change
In one of the biggest breakthroughs at the ongoing COP26 summit in Glasgow, world leaders pledged to cut emissions of the greenhouse gas methane by 2030, in a move to buy more time to tackle climate change. Scientists believe this...
  • 12 November 2021
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The climate crisis is becoming more urgent and more serious, with increasingly extreme events happening more often. Ban Ki-moon, former Secretary-General of the United Nations, cited the example of the current heatwave driving record temperatures in Siberia (Russian Federation), the...
  • 13 July 2021
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  • 22 April 2021
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As the realities of climate change take hold across the planet, the risks of natural hazards and disasters are becoming ever more familiar. Meteorologists, aiming to protect increasingly populous countries and communities, are tapping into artificial intelligence (AI) to get...
  • 24 March 2021
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The rapid adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) and emerging technologies has sparked the need for a sustainable approach able to safeguard the environment. A recent ITU workshop provided a platform to discuss environmental efficiency in the age of AI, increasing automation, and smart manufacturing....
  • 17 December 2020
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22 September 2020 / Environment & Climate change
Many countries around the world came to an abrupt standstill due to COVID-19 this year – but the concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have continued to rise and emissions are heading back to pre-pandemic levels after a brief lull. As...
  • 22 September 2020
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Fish have returned to the canals of Venice. Villagers across northern India can see the Himalayas over 200km away. Cities around the world are recording the cleanest air on record. As the world recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of Earth...
  • 12 May 2020
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Today, we are facing not one but two deep transformations. The first one, driven by the emergence of new technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), blockchain, the Internet of Things, 5G and others, is transforming our economies and our lives...
  • 10 July 2019
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The autonomous shipping industry is making waves, as established companies and tech start-ups apply emerging technologies to one of the oldest industries in the world, maritime transport. Despite concerns similar to those facing autonomous vehicles on land, including questions about...
  • 9 August 2018
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An Australian water utility is using artificial intelligence (AI) to bring down electricity costs in its water treatment plants. Melbourne Water is trialling a custom-developed platform which co-ordinates pump movement depending on the amount of treated water required on a given...
  • 29 June 2018
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An army of drones is joining the fight against plastic pollution. Why? Because to fix a problem, you first need to understand it. Photos taken by the drones are being used by machine-learning algorithms to remotely detect plastic waste hotspots....
  • 14 June 2018
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As a Master Inventor at IBM, I’m part of the team responsible for helping the company become the leading recipient of U.S. patents for the last quarter century. While most people think of commercialization, IBM has a strong commitment to...
  • 23 March 2018
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It’s a historic moment for Artificial Intelligence (AI). All the pieces are coming together: big data, advances in hardware, emerging powerful AI algorithms, and an open source community for tools that reduces barriers to entry for industry and start-ups alike....
  • 31 January 2018
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