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Risks and opportunities of emerging tech in the climate decade

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Where emerging tech meets climate

Tags: 'Artificial Intelligence' 'Emerging technologies' 'Public innovation'
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The world is undergoing a profound transformation, shaped by powerful trends that are influencing our present and determining our future. 

One of these trends, digitalisation, is happening at a much faster rate than any another. 

Emerging technologies have the potential to radically change economies, societies, and the biosphere. But the widespread adoption of emerging technologies also comes at an environmental cost, contributing to climate change and pushing humanity to develop beyond planetary boundaries. 

The purpose of this report is to demonstrate that, if adequately leveraged, emerging technologies have the potential to positively impact 103 of the 169 targets of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, significantly contribute to the global transition towards a circular economic model and reduce up to 10 times more carbon emissions than they emit in the same year. 

 To this end, this report gathers evidence and findings from over 200 sources, including interviews with climate and tech experts, analyses of research papers, articles and industry publications, and the news media. 

To meet the needs of all within the means of our planet, we must rethink the link between the digital and the physical worlds. 

 
Our current economic model is an accelerator of the global environmental breakdown we are experiencing. The global economy had been operating in a broadly circular manner up until two centuries ago. It was not until the First Industrial Revolution took place that the twin forces of accelerated resource extraction and consumer demand were unleashed worldwide, driving forward the new linear model of “take-make-waste"