Brianna White

Staff member
Mar 25, 2020
Despite climate mitigation efforts to keep global warming below 1.5°C, many experts expect the world to warm by 3.5°C by the turn of the next century. This ever-warming world has brought floods and wildfires and the loss of life with more disruption expected in the decades to come.
So, it is crucial to focus on climate adaptation at scale, as well as climate mitigation. We must strengthen our ability to adapt to current and expected climate events, using actionable climate insights to inform decisions. The use of artificial intelligence (AI) for its climate modelling capabilities is fundamental to this, yet we see significantly more AI innovation focused on climate mitigation, such as leveraging AI to measure and reduce emissions. This innovation gap needs to be addressed and the development of responsible AI must be accelerated to acquire actionable climate insights.
This means that governments and businesses must radically rethink their approach to climate adaptation. AI is key to this, with a recent survey by BCG posed to over 1,000 public and private sector executives, finding that 87% see AI as an important tool to fight climate change. Here's how AI can be key to climate adaptation:
Using AI to build climate resilience
Between 3.3 and 3.6 billion people live in areas at high risk of climate change, areas where we already see or will see a significant increase in natural disasters and this is likely to increase as the climate crisis is exacerbated. This year’s extreme weather events, such as droughts, hurricanes, wildfires and floods, have shown us that adapting our societies to the perils of climate change is a daunting task.
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