Environment

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Bees
Environment

Protection for Pollinators

A machine learning method could help chemists formulate pesticides that target harmful insects but leave bees alone.What’s new: Researchers at Oregon State University developed models that
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A series of graphs show the carbon emissions associated with training AI models.
Environment

Cutting the Carbon Cost of Training: A New Tool Helps AI Developers Lower Their Greenhouse Gas Emissions

You can reduce your model’s carbon emissions by being choosy about when and where you train it.
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Environment

Tracking Changes on Earth’s Surface

Computer vision systems are scanning satellite photos to track construction on the Earth’s surface — an exercise in behavior recognition on a global scale.What’s new: Space-based Machine Automated Recognition Technique (Smart) is
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Autonomous research ship in the ocean
Environment

AI AI, Captain!

An autonomous research ship crossed the Atlantic Ocean — with a few pit stops to address challenges along the way.What’s new: Built by IBM and marine research nonprofit ProMare, the
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Windmills
Environment

Wind in the Forecast

Machine learning is making wind power more predictable.What’s new: Engie SA, a multinational energy utility based in France, is the first customer for an AI-powered tool from Google that predicts the energy output of
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Two people rock climbing
Environment

Gradient Descent: It’s All Downhill

Imagine hiking in the mountains past dusk and finding that you can’t see much beyond your feet. And your phone’s battery died so you can’t use a GPS app to find your way home. You might find the quickest path down via gradient descent. Just
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Multimodal deep learning model
Environment

AI Versus the Garbage Heap

Amazon reported long-term success using machine learning to shrink its environmental footprint. The online retailer developed a system that fuses product descriptions, images, and structured data to decide how an item should be packed for shipping.
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Demonstration of Climate AI model working
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Getting a Jump on Climate Change: AI Startups Predict the Economic Impacts of Climate Change

Startups are predicting how climate change will affect global commerce. Companies that specialize in climate analytics are training neural networks to help businesses manage risks posed by a warming globe,
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Sequence showing how the service called Tastry works
Environment

Full-Bodied With Hints of Forest Fire: AI Masks Smoke Flavor in Wine's Tainted by Wildfire

Wineries in areas affected by wildfires are using machine learning to produce vintages that don’t taste like smoke. Some California winemakers are using a service called Tastry to identify grapes tainted by smoke from the state’s surging blazes and recommend blends that will mask the flavor.
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Video showing how robots from Israeli startup Arugga Farming work
Environment

To Bee or Not to Bee

Insects that spread pollen to fruiting plants are in trouble. A possible alternative: Robots. Farmers in Australia and the U.S. are using robots from Israeli startup Arugga Farming to pollinate greenhouse tomatoes.
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Fire-spotting cameras alerting a fire engine
Environment

Where There’s Smoke, There’s AI

An automated early warning system is alerting firefighters to emerging blazes.
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Drones flying off the coast capturing video of orcas and models analyzing the imagery
Environment

Algorithms for Orcas

A combination of computer vision and drones could help restore dwindling killer whale populations. Researchers at Oregon State University and conservation groups SR3 and Vulcan developed a system that assesses the health of orcas.
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Animation showing a methaforical transition from AI to a green environment
Environment

Greener Machine Learning

A new study suggests tactics for machine learning engineers to cut their carbon emissions. Led by David Patterson, researchers at Google and UC Berkeley found that AI developers can shrink a model’s carbon footprint a thousand-fold by streamlining architecture...
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Series of images related to water lines replacement and poisoned water
Environment

AI Versus Lead Poisoning

An algorithm is helping cities locate pipes that could release highly toxic lead into drinking water. BlueConduit, a startup that focuses on water safety, is working with dozens of North American municipal governments to locate lead water lines so they can be replaced.
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Series of images related to a technology used to draw maps during a fight fire emergency
Environment

Mapping the Inferno

An AI-powered eye in the sky is helping firefighters control woodland blazes. California used maps drawn by neural networks to fight fires that threatened Yosemite National Park earlier this year.
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