Honouring Earth Day 2021 with UK climate statements, smashed windows and bees in space- AI for Climate – Issue 45: CogX – AI for Climate Briefing

Climate Change & AI

Today we’re celebrating Earth Day. And whilst we can’t possibly cover everything that is going on today, we have hand-picked a selection of the most intriguing and inspiring ideas that caught our attention at CogX, including floating forests, Extinction Rebellion protests, and bees in space….  It’s worth all of us asking ourselves the question, what action will we take to ‘Restore Our Earth’?

Climate change is fast becoming climate action. Everywhere you look there’s a renewed focus on less talking and more doing –  with countries, corporations, policy makers and officials, as well as consumers, being challenged to make a positive change.



P.S. CogX2021 speaker, Nigel Topping joins the ‘Glasgow Financial Alliance for NetZero‘ ahead of COP26.

P.P.S. You can claim a free CogX Festival 2021 virtual pass today! Use our code COGX21NEWSCLIMATESVP and use: COGX21NEWSCLIMATE for 50% off any festival pass. Sign up now!

P.P.P.S. There were plenty of climate innovators this year. Send in your submission for the ‘Best Climate Innovation Series’ for CogX Awards 2021 now.


UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to announce that Britain will slash emissions by 78% on 1990 levels by 2035 at an online climate summit hosted by US President, Joe Biden today. The move would put Britain in a ‘world-leading’ position on climate targets ahead of the UN COP26 conference this year. To find out more about the implications of Johnson’s announcement, read this Times article.

Read more (The Times)


‘Better broken windows than broken promises.’ That’s the leading statement from Extinction Rebellion members who smashed HSBC’s London HQ office windows this morning to protest the bank’s involvement with fossil fuels. HSBC’s current climate approach allows the bank to finance coal power prompting an Earth Day-themed protest. You can read more about the development below.

Read more (The Independent)


Scientific American alerts us to new ways to suck carbon out of our atmosphere. One company featured is Running Tide Technologies. The company wants to grow vast quantities of seaweed in drifting ocean mini-farms and then sink them to the bottom of the ocean.

Read more (Scientific American)


In a world-first, New Zealand has become the first country to introduce a law requiring banks, insurers and investment managers to report the impacts of climate change on their business.

“We simply cannot get to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 unless the financial sector knows what impact their investments are having on the climate,” Minister for Climate Change, James Shaw, said in a statement

Read more (Phys.org)


And NASA Science has some cool Earth Day 2021 posters and virtual backgrounds that you can download to help celebrate and remind us of the importance of our connection, both large and small. This fascinating story of bees and the effects of warming trends is captured in this charming video. Did you know bees were sent into Space on the Shuttle?

Read more (NASA Science)

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The wealthiest 1% are driving global carbon emissions, says new report. The Cambridge Sustainability Commission has warned ahead of the COP26 climate change summit that the government “must use this historic juncture to build fairer economies within the limits our planet can bear”.

Read more (Sky News)


Japan is building a futuristic smart city. Powered by hydrogen fuel cells,with three different types of streets, it’s teaming with AI and robotics, solar power and more… Watch the film from the World Economic Forum here.

Read more (World Economic Forum)


Apple TV has honoured Earth Day with the release of a special documentary The Year Earth Changed (along with second seasons of Tiny World and Earth at Night in Color. Narrated by David Attenborough this one-hour special shows how changes in human behaviour such as reducing cruise ship traffic or closing beaches a few days a year, might lead to identifying more harmonious ways for humans and wildlife to co-exist.

Read more (The Hindu)

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