Monday 11 December 2023

New challenge takes aim at AI to tackle climate change

New challenge takes aim at AI to tackle climate change

A new challenge aimed at identifying and supporting the development of artificial intelligence (AI)-powered solutions for climate action in developing countries has been launched.

The AI Innovation Grand Challenge was part of a high-level event organised by the UN Climate Change Technology Executive Committee (TEC), together with Enterprise Neurosystem, a non-profit open-source AI community, at the COP28 summit.

AI is already being used to predict climate patterns and extreme weather events, improve crop yields, reduce water usage or optimise renewable energy systems.

The event was organised under the Technology Mechanism Initiative on Artificial Intelligence for Climate Action (#AI4ClimateAction), which examines the potential of AI to scale up climate solutions in developing countries, with a focus on least developed countries and small island developing states.

Omar Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications, United Arab Emirates, said: “Harnessing artificial intelligence as a strategic asset to mitigate climate change involves integrating it into national policies and plans. This integration facilitates the use of data analytics to align policy with real-time climate data, thereby enhancing its efficacy and advancing technological development and scientific discovery in the field of energy.

“These measures and policies should not be viewed in isolation but rather as a unified global initiative, acknowledging that climate change transcends geographical boundaries and requires concerted global efforts.”

Written by

Sumit Bose

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