COVID-19 & Climate Change - Hypergiant

COVID-19 & CLIMATE CHANGE

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IS COVID-19
IMPROVING OUR PLANET?

COVID-19 has radically changed every aspect of our lives and every sector of businesses – from remote working and grounded flights to diminished movement and shuttered factories. But while so much of the news has been dark, many of us have been heartened to see reports of improving air quality and decreasing emissions around the world. But how much of an impact is this really having in the fight against climate change?

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WHAT CAN WE DO TO HELP?

“Aside from the coronavirus pandemic, the biggest, most destructive exponential growth processes that we must grapple with today are those associated with global climate change.”

- Howard Kunreuther / co-director of the Wharton Risk Management
and Decision Processes Center

A FEW SHORT MONTHS HAVE PROVIDED NEW PERSPECTIVE

Lifetime of Data

The novel Coronavirus has shown us that with rapid, collective action we can create massive global change. This bodes well for our ability to address another looming crisis: climate change. To fight both crises, we need sustained action on personal, national, commercial and international levels.

But, we must also be wary of false claims. COVID-19 hasn’t stopped the climate crisis. It has merely allowed for a very small pause in the rapidly expanding emissions problem. However, some news outlets, friends and social media pundits have shared misleading news. We wanted to correct this news and help you understand how this moment impacts the future.

COVID-19 isn’t saving our planet but long term planning, coordinate action and strong policy maneuvers could.

HUMAN EMISSIONS HAVE DROPPED

SATELLITE DATA HAS SHOWN MASSIVE DROPS IN NO2 DURING THE FIRST 3 MONTHS OF 2020

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Human Emissions

OUR EMISSIONS SIMULATOR SHOWS THE EFFECTS OF COVID-19

ACES: the After COVID Emissions Simulator illustrates the relationship between the current changes in how we live and the long term impact of these changes on the planet’s health. The tool is designed to show what happens if we immediately snap back to pre-COVID lifestyle in terms of consumption and emissions versus maintaining some of the societal changes and adding new interventions to further mitigate climate change.

The tool takes emissions data from multiple sources including the Energy Information Administration (EIA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and aggregates it to:

  • Highlight the difference between short term and long term emissions reductions.
  • Demonstrate the long term effect of making permanent some of the measures being deployed to address COVID-19 in order to address the climate crisis.
  • Demonstrate what individual behavioral changes would need to occur to meaningfully address the climate crisis and how these things might factor into COVID-19 recovery efforts.
  • Educate citizens on the basic relationships between cumulative emissions and certain behaviors.

The project was born out of concern that recent widely circulated satellite data visualizations depicting NO2 reductions over hard hit cities are creating a distorted view of the effect of COVID-19 on greenhouse gasses, while reinforcing dangerous and commonly held misconceptions as to how climate change works in general.

Our tool contextualizes the current scenario: Pausing emissions does not mean greenhouse gasses vanish from the atmosphere as the current data visualizations suggest. Many greenhouse gasses can linger in the atmosphere for centuries meaning a short pause in emissions has a negligible impact relative to the amount of heat trapping greenhouse gas that has accumulated over time. Since the slow down related to COVID-19 is intended to be short, it will contribute relatively little to reducing the overall concentration of greenhouse gas in the atmosphere.

The website will be continuously improving through new data inputs, including understanding and experimenting with a variety of investments in technology and behavioral changes. Hypergiant hopes to encourage governments, cities and citizens to consider committing to the maintenance of some quarantine practices once social distancing and shelter-in-places are put at a halt.

See for yourself what is possible and then judge for yourself what is achievable.

ACES: A POST COVID EMISSIONS SIMULATOR

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“The separation of health and environmental policy is a ​dangerous delusion. Our health entirely depends on the climate and the other organisms we share the planet with.”

- AARON BERNSTEIN / Interim Director of The Center for Climate, Health, and
the Global Environment AT HARVARD

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Autonomous Robotic Sanitization

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Autonomous Robotic Sanitization

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In the “new normal” where COVID-19 concerns are still top of mind, new forms of cleaning and sanitizing must be developed to adequately address prevalent safety concerns. Hypergiant’s Project Jena seeks to ameliorate some of the public’s concern by conjoining Ultraviolet (UV) light and artificial intelligence in a new and unexpected way. UV light is a powerful germ eradication tool that destroys the very bonds that hold together viruses and bacteria. Unfortunately, UV light can cause potentially harmful side-effects in humans. Artificial intelligence provides JENA with the ability to operate completely autonomously, which allows contactless operation with no risk to humans.

Intelligently Driven

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JENA brings together powerful sensors including optical and laser imaging, detection, and ranging (LIDAR) arrays which facilitate the creation of a precision map of a given area such as an office or airplane. This map allows JENA to navigate around obstacles and ensure that every surface is sanitized. Moreover, computer vision algorithms recognize if a person enters the area and the UV lights are shut down safely. This revolutionary robot sanitizes surfaces in seconds and whole rooms in mere minutes. JENA kills bacteria and viruses without utilization of toxic chemicals and can be controlled remotely, as needed. The critical element in the fight against the novel coronavirus is innovation and JENA addresses fears efficiently, effectively, and unexpectedly.

Video Demonstration

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