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AI for Climate Change

At Oxford Insights, our mission is to use technology for the public good. In a time like ours, our definition of the public good must include addressing climate issues.

We have built a solid team that specialises in the intersection between AI and policy and its integration to public services. As a mirror of our current times, our work has also increasingly involved climate topics, Recently, many in our team have felt the need to create a more direct link between our expertise in AI policy and the climate crisis. This series was born from our desire to explore how AI can be used to support the fight against climate change. Each contributor chose their topic based on their interests, and, in some cases, personal experiences.

We believe that AI is a tool, not a silver bullet. While it can help us achieve results in climate adaptation and mitigation, the will to do so is entirely human, and so is the responsibility. We are also aware of the shortcomings of AI, both in terms of climate cost, ethics, privacy, and transparency. Nevertheless, we believe that AI can be a valuable and helpful tool to slow and counter one of the greatest challenges of our time.

In our series, we will investigate uses of AI to support climate mitigation and adaptation. In this first round, we explore how AI can:

  • Improve our homes’ energy efficiency;

  • Detect, prevent, and predict wildfires;

  • Help us manage, adapt, and respond to floods; and

  • Combine with indigenous intelligence to combat climate change.

We hope this series will be a useful resource for anyone interested in the connection between AI and climate change. We also invite you to be part of the conversation. If you have insights, ideas, or want to contribute to our series, please reach out to us at research@oxfordinsights.com.

You can find all the blogs of the AI for Climate Change series here.

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