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Tackling Climate Change with Machine Learning Artificial Intelligence

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing humanity, and we, as machine learning experts, may wonder how we can help. Here we describe how machine learning can be a powerful tool in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and helping society adapt to a changing climate. From smart grids to disaster management, we identify high impact problems where existing gaps can be filled by machine learning, in collaboration with other fields. Our recommendations encompass exciting research questions as well as promising business opportunities. We call on the machine learning community to join the global effort against climate change.

In the California desert, a farm baron is building a water and energy empire

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Far from the highways of Los Angeles and the shipyards of San Diego, in California's southeastern corner, nearly half a million acres of lush green farmland unfold in the middle of the bone-dry Sonoran Desert. Sprawling fields of lettuce and sugar beets and onions, irrigated by water from the Colorado River, brush up against the U.S-Mexico border in a region once known as the Valley of Death but today called the Imperial Valley. A few hundred landowning families dominate the Imperial Valley and its lucrative agriculture industry, which produces much of America's winter vegetables. The valley is one of California's most impoverished areas, with a stark divide between the mostly white landowners and the mostly Latino farmworkers who labor in their fields. Even among the landowning elite, Mike Abatti stands out. Abatti's ancestors helped settle the Imperial Valley a century ago, and today he's one of the region's most successful farmers, with thousands of acres under cultivation and ...

Why the Symbolism Behind Coal Is Still So Powerful

Mother Jones

Smoke rises from the stacks of the main plant facility at the Navajo Generating Station, as seen from Lake Powell in Page, Arizona. This story was originally published by High Country News and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. It struck me as funny at first: Coal and guns being elevated to the status of platonic ideals or, even more loftily, the refrain of a bad country song. All it was missing was Jesus, beer and Wrangler butts. A few days later, though, as I sat on a desert promontory overlooking northwestern New Mexico, the sticker didn't seem so funny.

Venue of last resort: the climate lawsuits threatening the future of big oil

The Guardian > Energy

In early October, 22 state and federal judges hailing from Honolulu to Albany got a crash course in scientific literacy and economics. The three-day symposium was billed as a way to help the judges better scrutinize evidence used to defend government regulations.

'The war on coal is over': EPA boss to roll back Obama's clean power rules

The Guardian > Energy

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency said on Monday that he would sign a new rule overriding the Clean Power Plan, an Obama-era effort to limit carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. "The war on coal is over," EPA administrator Scott Pruitt declared in the coal mining state of Kentucky, at an event with one of the state's US senators, the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell. For Pruitt, getting rid of the Clean Power Plan will mark the culmination of a long fight he began as the elected attorney general of Oklahoma. Pruitt was among about two dozen attorney generals who sued to stop Barack Obama's push to limit carbon emissions. Closely tied to the oil and gas industry in his home state, Pruitt rejects the consensus of scientists that emissions from burning fossil fuels are the primary driver of global climate change.