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Artificial Intelligence Could Dramatically Speed Up Climate Action

The list of applications for AI keeps on growing, but the industry needs guardrails to ensure solutions are climate aligned

A wall with binary codes at the World Artificial Intelligence Conference in Shanghai, China.

A wall with binary codes at the World Artificial Intelligence Conference in Shanghai, China.

Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

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Technological solutions to climate change can be put into two categories. Vertical solutions that tackle pollution in one sector, say low-carbon fertilizers that help reduce emissions in agriculture. Or horizontal solutions that address issues across many different industries, say lithium-ion batteries that electrify cars but also better integrate renewables in the electricity mix.