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.
Imagining an Ethical Place for AI in Environmental Governance: Lessons from water management in Guyana
The topic of artificial intelligence (AI) has been ubiquitous following the release of Open AI's ChatGPT language processing model. What are some of the considerations which dominate the current debate around AI and what do they mean for environmental governance and policy?
South Africa Needs Grid Storage Plans to Tackle the Power Crisis
A new report finds South Africa should develop national and municipal plans to deploy energy storage to ease the current electricity crisis and reduce the need for load shedding during periods of peak power demand.
Watts in Store
This report explores how energy storage can help the South African power crisis and why grid-located batteries emerge as a strategic priority.
Real-Time Water Quality Monitoring: Benefits for decision making
This report explores the potential benefits and costs of introducing automated sensor systems, such as networked instruments producing real-time data, into a water monitoring initiative.
Summary of the 2022 IISD Forum on Natural Infrastructure Performance and Metrics
Participants discussed key challenges, opportunities, and technical considerations to building a better business case for natural infrastructure across Canada's Prairies.
A focus on water can lessen climate change’s burn
Canadians need water infrastructure to protect us in the face of mounting risks of flooding, drought, extreme heat, and wildfires.
ASEAN-IGF Minerals Cooperation: Scoping study on critical minerals supply chains in ASEAN
IGF-ASEAN study exploring opportunities arising from rising demand for critical minerals and metals to fuel the energy and digital transitions.
Funding for Canadian Prairies’ water infrastructure urgently needed, but nature offers innovative solutions—new report
The Canadian Prairie provinces’ water infrastructure is aging and depreciating at an alarming rate. However, natural infrastructure can offer a practical and cost-effective solution when scaled up and adopted across all levels of government.
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