It is undebatable that in most cases, monitoring is done better with the implementation of smart technologies. Various climate-related questions would instantly benefit from more efficient monitoring practices. One of these is climate and weather monitoring. Smart sensors can help farmers determine exact needs for water and fertilizers, eliminating their excessive use. Warning weather systems are also helpful to prepare us for natural catastrophes and other incidents. Similarly, we can monitor the rates of deforestation and landscape alteration in regions inaccessible to humans.
Data storage and analysis
With an abundance of such precise data, we can optimize our practices and make the necessary changes that would have otherwise remained unnoticed. Purposeful planning based on this data could help with pressing issues such as food security, water accessibility and disease mitigation. Moreover, analysis of data is already being utilized through smart energy grids where the energy provider can base their supply based on the exact demand of their customer. Thanks to these systems, we refrain from excessive energy production.
Acceleration of communication processes
On a larger scale, with faster communication, we can increase our capacity to respond to climate hazards. Being faster can mean saving more lives and ecosystems. On a smaller scale, we see the benefits of digital communication in thousands of companies. Businesses have realised that digitising their processes saves time, allows more precision and reduces the need for physical copies of documents. Less paper means less deforestation.
However, throughout this process of turning our world digital, we have to keep in mind that this must not be done while putting more pressure on the planet. We shall maximise the potential of new technologies while minimising their drawbacks.
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