Climate Change

Protecting Biodiversity with Artificial Intelligence

One of the many promising capabilities of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is its potential application to better understanding our natural environment. The world is experiencing a catastrophic loss of biodiversity. We know that species are going extinct at a rapid pace, with about two-thirds of wild animal species projected to be lost by 2020. These extinctions […]

Four Green Tech Predictions for 2017

The end of the calendar year is a traditional time of reflection, of the ups and downs of the past year, and to think about what to expect in 2017. As Microsoft’s chief environmental strategist, I am encouraged by the progress made on some environmental issues in the past year, but there is still much […]

Our Commitment to A Carbon-Neutral Future

This week, I attended the 22nd session of the U.N. Climate Change Conference (COP 22) in Marrakesh, Morocco, where I was proud to speak about Microsoft’s actions to work towards a more sustainable, low-carbon future at several events and with representatives from around the world. One of the common themes has been the role of […]

Supporting Global Action on Climate Change

Next month, countries around the world will gather in Morocco for the annual U.N. meeting on climate change. Since the Paris Climate Agreement was approved by 190 world leaders last December, diplomats have been hard at work developing new global initiatives to support the carbon reduction targets embedded in the Paris Agreement. In fact, over […]

Leveraging Technology to Improve Water Management: A Discussion at NAM’s Leading Edge Executive Forum

Yesterday, Microsoft’s Chief Environmental Strategist Rob Bernard participated in a keynote discussion at the National Association of Manufacturers’ Leading Edge Executive Forum in Chicago about how technology can transform the way natural resources are managed and used. Rob was joined by Christophe Beck, Ecolab Executive VP and President of Nalco Water, to discuss the promise […]

Microsoft Supports New Partnership for Resilience and Preparedness (PREP)

For years, Microsoft has been engaged in a variety of efforts to better understand and address environmental change. Earlier this year, Microsoft’s Lead Environmental Scientist Dr. Lucas Joppa was appointed to the Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment. Today, we’re highlighting our support for a new effort focused on bridging the gap between […]

Microsoft’s Lucas Joppa Appointed to NOAA Climate Advisory Committee

Last week, Microsoft’s Lead Environmental Scientist Dr. Lucas Joppa was among 15 individuals appointed to the Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment. The committee will advise the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on ongoing climate research and assessment activities in order to improve the nation’s understanding and response to environmental change. Microsoft […]

Microsoft and Primus Power Announce New Pilot Program for Datacenter Energy Storage

Today I was honored to participate in the White House’s “Scaling Renewable Energy and Storage with Smart Markets” event. It was a pleasure to meet with public and private sector professionals to discuss critical energy topics, including the acceleration of commercial energy storage. Exploring next generation technologies for energy storage and management is a key […]

Microsoft Hosts Renewable Energy Alliance Summit

Microsoft was honored to host the Renewable Energy Alliance (REBA) Summit at our Redmond campus last month. Addressing climate change requires partnership across industries, and we believe that convening this group of industry leaders was an important step to ensuring a more sustainable future. At the REBA Summit, Microsoft’s President and Chief Legal Officer Brad […]

Greener datacenters for a brighter future: Microsoft’s commitment to renewable energy

As the world increasingly races to a future based on cloud computing, a host of new and important public issues are emerging.  One of these issues involves the energy and sustainability practices of the datacenters that power the cloud.  Over the past year we’ve spent considerable time focusing on our work in this area at […]