Artificial Intelligence is likely to change the way we perceive and respond to both social and environmental changes. How do we make sure AI doesn’t just accelerate environmental degradation, misinformation, and social inequality? How can AI help us to become better stewards of our living planet?
What if we have gotten tech innovation all wrong? How do we make sure AI doesn’t just accelerate environmental degradation, misinformation and social inequality? How do we make sure applications of artificial intelligence (AI) are not only socially responsible, but also help us become better stewards of our living planet?
Guidance on solving the challenge
It is becoming increasingly clear that machine intelligence in various forms can increase our knowledge about planetary change. Deep learning algorithms are already helping us to improve climate models, and create actionable knowledge for the finance sector in its ambition to invest in ways that reduce environmental and climate damage. These early successful applications have yet to seriously influence other important research fields important for sustainability, such as marine species monitoring, local ecological knowledge in farming systems or, agent-based modeling related to sustainability.
We have developed some principles for what might count as a solution in this space:
Addresses a clear challenge i.e. disaster early warning and response, tackling illegal extraction of natural resources like fisheries and forestry, making the invisible visible, providing support for more biosphere positive investment decisions
Builds unexpected alliances: bring together communities that normally don’t work together, such as experts on wildlife crime and computer scientists
Accelerates experimentation and learning
Foster responsible use through engagement, diversity and openness (open source) while being attentive to bias.
Creating planetary responsible AI
A manifesto for Algorithms in the Environment
Ramping up research on Artificial Intelligence
Microsoft AI for Earth
What do you get?
By participating to create solutions that are fighting climate change, you will be surrounded by smart and passionate people, who offer you the best tools and approaches to start up your own climate startup. The platform gives you access to talent, access to join a team, and access to Sting’s extensive experience in coaching startups along with Norrsken’s ability to pack a punch and make waves in the impact ecosystem. You will be taking a giant leap towards creating a sustainable business and becoming a problem solver of the world’s greatest challenges.
Also, the top ideas of each Climate Challenge will be selected to a special Climate Bootcamp where experienced coaches and mentors will deep dive into your business idea and offer you guidance forward. After the boot camp, the best teams and ideas are selected to join the Test Drive program by Sting x Norrsken. Finally, six carefully selected Climate Startups will continue into a new Sting Accelerator program providing tailored support. investment and a growth-boost to the most promising Climate Startups in Sweden.
Source: Startup Climate Action
Climate change and rising sea levels mean the island nation of Kiribati in the South Pacific is at risk of disappearing into the sea.
But the island’s inhabitants aren’t giving up. They are doing what they can to save their island from inundation. Can COP23 help make a difference?
UN estimates indicate that Kiribati could disappear in just 30 or 40 years. That’s because the average elevation is less than two meters above sea level. And some of the knock-on effects of climate change have made the situation more difficult.
Kiribati can hardly be surpassed in terms of charm and natural beauty. There are 33 atolls and one reef island – spread out over an area of 3.5 million square kilometers. All have white, sandy beaches and blue lagoons. Kiribati is the world’s largest state that consists exclusively of atolls.
A local resident named Kaboua points to the empty, barren land around him and says, “There used to be a large village here with 70 families.” But these days, this land is only accessible at low tide. At high tide, it’s all under water. Kaboua says that sea levels are rising all the time, and swallowing up the land.
That’s why many people here build walls made of stone and driftwood, or sand or rubbish. But these barriers won’t stand up to the increasing number of storm surges. Others are trying to protect against coastal erosion by planting mangrove shrubs or small trees.
But another local resident, Vasiti Tebamare, remains optimistic. She works for KiriCAN, an environmental organization. Vasiti says: “The industrialized countries — the United States, China, and Europe — use fossil fuels for their own ends. But what about us?” Kiribati’s government has even bought land on an island in Fiji, so it can evacuate its people in an emergency. But Vasiti and most of the other residents don’t want to leave.
How Earth Would Look If All The Ice Melted
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