Technology and Innovation
This can range from fostering innovation within our own sector, to getting creative and adopting new technologies traditionally confined to other sectors, such as FinTech solutions.
Recognizing that new thinking can advance sustainability, the United Nations opted to dedicate Sustainable Development Goal 9 to building resilient infrastructure, promoting inclusive and sustainable industrialization, and fostering innovation.
Here at IISD, we are exploring how certain innovative technologies such as Internet of Things, big data, artificial intelligence (AI), and blockchain, originally embraced by the banking sector to increase the effectiveness of its business, could be adopted by the environmental and sustainable development sectors.
We are especially interested in how those who work on freshwater stewardship can look to these technologies to do everything from monitoring water usage, water flow and the contaminants that enter our lakes, to the movement of boats potentially carrying zebra mussels.
We are now looking to use AI technologies to reimagine how IISD Experimental Lakes Area uses its over 50-year dataset to understand the future of its lakes set against the backdrop of a changing climate.
Why is Our Environmental Data like Your Music Collection?
When Jamming to your music collection, do you ever Imagine how we got from tapes and vinyl, Yesterday, to iPods and Spotify, and where we’ll go in the Future?
How and Why We Need to Adapt Our Environmental Monitoring to a Changing Planet
We explain why a changing planet means we need to change the way we monitor our environment.
Using Financial Technologies for a More Sustainable Planet
If you have heard of the Internet of Things, big data, artificial intelligence and blockchain, then you have probably heard of "fintech." We explore how these financial technologies could be applied to create a more sustainable planet.
Policy Advisor – Data and Technology
Research Scientist, IISD-ELA
Senior Director, Fresh Water & Executive Director, IISD-ELA
Senior Research Scientist, IISD-ELA
Research Fellow, IISD-ELA
How Can Trade Policy Maximize Benefits From Clean Energy Investment?
This paper looks at the role of trade policy in fostering the domestic production of renewable energy components in developing countries with a particular focus on wind and solar energy.
How to Protect Africa's Great Lakes
This episode introduces you to the African Great Lakes and explains why they matter to so many people.
Biosafety: Ensuring the Safe Use of Modern Biotechnologies
Despite negotiations and progress, the scientific and policy debate on the potential benefits and risks of biotechnologies remains polarized.
New Research at IISD Experimental Lakes Area This Summer
IISD Experimental Lakes Area is carefully and safely opening its doors to new research and a slightly larger research team this summer.
The Sustainable Use of Natural Resources: The Governance Challenge
Over-exploitation of natural resources harms the health of ecosystems and the livelihoods and wellbeing of people, but there are fair policy options.
Power by All: Alternatives to a privately owned future for renewable energy in South Africa
This report explores new models for renewable energy development that create a greater role for public and community ownership in South Africa.
Antidepressants: What happens when they end up in our fresh water?
We explore what toll anti-depressants may take on the environment, and what we are doing to learn more.
The Sustainable Agriculture Transition: How to make the most of transformative technology
This Emerging Issues policy brief focuses on the potential transformative nature of solar photovoltaics and batteries when applied as solar-powered irrigation and is intended to highlight the risks and opportunities associated with these technologies.
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