AI’s potential for the environment explored in new WEF/PwC study
- Wide scope for innovation and investment to apply AI to global challenges including climate change; biodiversity; weather and disaster resilience
- AI unguided poses short and long term risk if not deployed responsibly
- Climate change: smart agriculture, nutrition and food systems; optimised energy grids; autonomous and connected electric vehicles; climate and weather modelling
- Biodiversity and conservation: pollution control; plant species identification; precision monitoring of ecosystems; illegal trade monitoring and response
- Healthy oceans: robotic fish to fight pollution, real time monitoring of ocean temperature and PH; coral reef mapping; illegal fishing monitoring and response
- Water security: simulations for drought planning; drones and AI for real time monitoring of river quality: streamflow forecasting; decentralised water grids
- Clean air: pollution forecasting for transport management and early warning; air pollutant source detection; air pollutant filtration
- Weather and disaster resilience: improved early warning systems for weather and disaster resilience; automated mitigation of flood risk; real time risk analytics for first responders.
- The “Fourth Industrial Revolution for the Earth” series is designed to illustrate the potential of Fourth Industrial Revolution innovations and their application to the world’s most pressing environmental challenges. It offers insights into the emerging opportunities and risks, and highlights the roles various actors could play to ensure these technologies are harnessed and scaled effectively. The World Economic Forum is supported by Stanford University Woods Institute for the Environment and PwC. They are advised by members of the Global Future Council on the Future of Environment and Natural Resource Security. The programme is driven out of the World Economic Forum Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in San Francisco.
- Research by PwC released in 2017 – Sizing the Prize - showed that AI’s potential contribution to the global economy by 2030 would be $15.7trn. https://www.pwc.com/ai
- CEOs’ concern about the threat of climate change and environmental damage to growth prospects has now doubled to 31% of CEOs (2017: 15%), in this year’s PwC CEO Survey. More information at www.pwc.com/davos.
Rowena MearleySenior Manager, Global CommunicationsUnited Kingdomrowena.firstname.lastname@example.org-+44 7730 598 643
Lynn HunterMedia Relations ManagerUnited Kingdomlynn.email@example.com 570487
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