Digital tools are helping offset global warming

Posted on October 31, 2023 | By Moira Donovan | 0 Comments


Together with his Agricultural Mechanized Systems Research Team, Dalhousie University professor Dr. Trevor Esau (third from right) is investigating precision agriculture techniques for wild blueberries. (Submitted photo)


In construction, ocean science and agriculture, companies are bringing digital tools to bear on environmental challenges

If there’s a part of your home that Winston Morton wants you to think about, it’s what you can’t see: the heat creeping out from around old windows, the emissions silently wafting from an oil furnace. But he also wants you to do more than think about it. He wants you to leverage an unlikely tool kit to measure (and potentially plug) those energy leaks—specifically, artificial intelligence, blockchain and the cloud.

Morton is CEO of Climative, a Fredericton, N.B.-based company that uses artificial intelligence to accelerate the pace of retrofits in Canada (i.e. modifications to improve the energy efficiency of buildings). His is one of a suite of regional companies using digital tools to overcome some of the most intractable challenges in the transition to a more sustainable future.

After a summer of unprecedented fires, floods and heatwaves, the need to enhance sustainability and mitigate climate change is greater than ever. With digitalisation having already changed the lives of billions of people, it’s prompting some people to ask if it can also change the trajectory for our planet.


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