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Fuel Consumption Rising, Carbon Emissions Rising, why shouldn't Disasters also be Rising?
The logical conclusions of everything are heat records
Hottest day on record, Credit, The Guardian
The rate of warming in the last few days escalated to unprecedented levels, with the earth breaking an unofficial record for its hottest day in 120,000 years in three consecutive days, but no matter how hot it got, scientists said it was just getting started.
Records also tumbled in the month of June, with the heat in Beijing and other regions in china breaking heat records, while warm weather fuelled unparalleled wildfires in Canada, but no matter how hot it got, scientists said nothing surprised them about the occurrence, as the problem was just getting started.
Global sea temperatures in May and June reached record-breaking limits for this time of the year, with the Antarctic sea ice getting to its lowest levels for June at 17 percent below average, but even as the high temperature caused coral bleaching, scientists saw nothing surprising about the event, since the problem was just getting started.
Sweltering heat besieged the United States, Canada, and China in the past few days, but many people saw nothing surprising about it, and one wonders about the case of vulnerable nations such as Chad, Sudan, Nigeria, and Somalia in the short and long term, because scientists believe the earth will break more unofficial world records for the hottest day in the last 120,000 in the next few years or decades, with the seriousness of climate change worsening through the heat-searing days.
Global carbon emissions from energy consumption could rise at an average rate of one percent per year between 2012 and 2040, accelerating at the rate of a total 34 percent, with few signs that humanity possesses the will to bring the developnent to a halt.
While this sad development goes on, global fossil fuel consumption could rise in the near future, with nations slated to allow fossil fuel to account for 77 percent of energy use in 2040, while global natural gas consumption also shows an increase of 1.5 percent per year over great reserves and rises in the rate of production.
The impact of greenhouse gases such as methane cannot be ignored, and if the rate goes unchecked, methane emissions could rise to 5-23 percent from 2020 to 2030, with human activities enabling the release of 350 to 390 million tonnes every year, through the rises in energy consumption.
With fossil fuel consumption leading to increases in the emission of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane, one should not be surprised over the certainty that even more record-breaking heat records stand to be broken in the coming years and decades, because the signs of this surround us on a daily basis.
Research links rising temperatures to as much as one to four percent fall in U.S. Gross Domestic Product from falling growth rates, lost productivity, and rising expenses, while extreme heat delays construction and increased cooling load by 13 percent, with more than 65,000 people in the country visiting emergency rooms each summer for acute heat illness.
Through June and July, China experienced heat waves and droughts, and experts link the nation's increasing temperatures to the death of hundreds of pigs at a farm in eastern Jiangsu, having earlier in August last year linked blistering heat to the shut down of manufacturing hubs, when Toyota and Amperex Technology, the world's largest battery maker, suspended operations.
In Africa, scorching heat pounded the continent in June and early July, just as the National Meteorological Agency of Niger Republic linked climate change to a sweltering 47 degrees Celsius, while neighboring West African countries groaned under heat stress that scientists predict could wipe out 80 million full-time jobs or 2.2 percent of total working hours worldwide by 2030.
If the climate crisis continues with its present intensity, researchers may not just link rising temperatures to job losses in Africa or the shut down of Toyota plants in China or the possible fall in U.S. GDP for median-sized cities through falling growth rates, they may also link rising temperatures to the world walking into an uncharted territory.
The faster nations bring down fossil fuel consumption, the less roasting and deadly these rising temperatures will become. When carbon emissions get reduced, the less suffering and floods on a world-wide basis. With a cut down in emissions of greenhouse gases like methane, the less trouble for us all. The disaster from climate change will become less if nations develop the will to change their ways.
Four Surging Climate Tech Startups
There are several leading climate tech companies that are utilizing artificial intelligence (AI) to address the rate of warming from climate change and promote sustainability. Here are a few notable examples:
Climacell: Climacell uses AI to analyze weather data and provide hyper-local weather forecasts.
Their technology helps industries such as agriculture, transportation, and renewable energy to optimize their operations and reduce their environmental impact.
ClimaCell's estimated annual revenue is currently $51.5M per year.
Descartes Labs: Descartes Labs combines AI and satellite imagery to analyze and predict agricultural trends.
Their platform helps farmers optimize their land and resource usage, leading to increased productivity and reduced environmental impact.
Descartes Lab's revenue is $15.8 million.
DeepMind (Alphabet): DeepMind, a subsidiary of Alphabet, has been exploring the use of AI for energy optimization.
Their AI systems have been deployed in data centers to improve energy efficiency and reduce overall power consumption.
DeepMind's revenue tripled from 265.5 million pounds in 2019 to 826.2 million pounds in 2020, reaching 889.4 million pounds in 2021.
Cervest: Cervest utilizes AI to create a "Climate Intelligence" platform.
Their technology combines data from various sources to assess and quantify climate risks, helping businesses and governments make informed decisions to mitigate and adapt to climate change.
Cervest's revenue is $18.4 million.
These companies are just a few examples of how AI is being harnessed by climate tech innovators to address sustainability challenges and mitigate the impacts of climate change.
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