Tag: carbon emissions

How much energy does AI use compared to humans? Surprising study ignites controversy

AI’s carbon footprint is no open-and-shut case, according to scientists from the University of California-Irvine and MIT, who published a paper earlier this year on the open access site arXiv.org that shakes up energy use assumptions of generative AI models, and which set off a debate among leading AI researchers and experts this past week.  […]

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12 Energy Dilemmas the World Needs to Address

1. Even clean energy involves environmental harm. Midwestern residents may find land-based wind turbines (a prime green power source) to be a terrible  eyesore. Native Americans are fighting plans for a vast lithium mine on sacred land. The conversion to more (ultimately cleaner) electric cars and households requires building more transmission lines through neighborhoods. Should these […]

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What Does ‘Net-Zero’ Emissions Actually Mean?

Why Do Net-Zero Emissions Matter? Greenhouse gases trap heat near the Earth’s surface. When their concentrations get too high, they fuel global warming. In 2015, countries around the world agreed to limit global warming to well under 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 F) compared with preindustrial times, with a goal of 1.5 C (2.7 F). To keep […]

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