We see it in rising temps and more intense natural disasters. Our world is transforming because of climate change. In this edition, we take a closer look at how technology can interact with the environment for the good of people, planet, and profit.
Our changing climate creates a range of opportunities for technological innovation. The HBS Business and Environment Initiative believes business has a vital role to play in delivering on those innovations.
Satellites give us a whole new way to look at the effects of climate change on agriculture — from underneath the ground. Angela Rigden, a hydrologist and Harvard postdoc, is using this data to map agricultural "hotspots" and ultimately guide adaptation strategies to protect the world's food supply.
Companies are tapping machine learning and artificial intelligence to help in the fight. Jeff Wen, a PhD student at Stanford, shares how these powerful tools are navigating vast, complex data to improve decision making.
Effectively acting on climate change requires the reinvention of almost everything — from our energy systems to the way we transport people and things. This won’t be easy or cheap, but as Professor Rebecca Henderson explains, there is still a strong business case to be made.
Data science brings clarity to a previously murky territory — the link between the planet's health and our own. Francesca Dominici, Harvard professor and Data Science Initiative co-director, is leveraging unparalleled amounts of data to identify high-risk populations so we can do something about it.
Once a pre-1940s building, now an energy-positive prototype for ultra-efficiency, HouseZero is a response to concerns around inefficient buildings. The Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities is using millions of data points to monitor the house's performance throughout the seasons.
Climate change is disrupting the business strategies of traditional auto companies and opening the field to alternatives. A panel of experts convened by WBUR, Boston University's Questrom School of Business, and Harvard Business School explores where the transportation sector is headed.
With their recent inclusion on the menus of national fast-food chains, meat substitutes have gone officially mainstream. The Harvard Gazette covers the two approaches — plant-based and cell-based — and how the shift could translate to a healthier population and environment.