Reforestation

The evolution of human mentality has put us all in vitro now, behind the glass wall of our own ingenuity. – John Fowles

As the world is fore-seeking to slow the rate of the drastic climate changes and preserve the wildlife whilst supporting billions of people – they forget that trees inevitably hold a crucial part of the answer. Yet we witness the mass destruction of trees – deforestation – continues, sacrificing the long-term advantages of standing trees for a short-term gain.

Between 1990 and 2016, the world lost 502,000 square miles (1.3 billion square kilometers) of the forest – according to the World Bank – an area larger than South Africa.

Is Reforestation the Solution to climate change?

A new study conducted by investigators at Switzerland’s ETH-Zurich, explains how Earth could almost support an additional billion hectares of trees without new forests pushing into the existing agricultural or urban area. Moreover, when the trees grow to maturity, they could store more than 200 billion metric tons of carbon.

Isn’t that amazing?

Great news indeed! But still, some questions remain unanswered. Where and exactly how are we going to plant all the new trees? More so, what kind of trees should we plant? What is the guarantee that the new forests become a boon for people in those particular areas?

Wondering how one could combat this situation?

Technology is the answer!

 Reforesting an Area the Size of the USA

The researchers of the Crowther Lab at ETH Zurich calculated that under the current climatic conditions, Earth’s land could support an estimated 4.4 billion hectares of continuous tree cover – that is almost 1.6 billion + the currently existing 2.8 billion hectares. And of this, 1.6 billion hectares fulfill the criterion of not being used by people. 

Well, that means that there is an area of the size of the US currently available to restore trees! Once the trees mature, these new forests could potentially hold and store 205 billion tonnes of carbon: about two-thirds of the 300 billion tonnes of carbon that has been emitted into the environment as a result of human activity ever since the Industrial Revolution.


The Challenge

Other researchers have noted that the study may overestimate how efficient trees are at restoring carbon, as well as underestimate how we humans have emitted a huge amount of carbon over time. However, they all seem to agree that new forests could potentially offset much of our cumulative carbon emissions-that stands still impressive feat as the objective of keeping global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius becomes tougher and tougher to reach/accomplish.

Recently, a Brazilian couple had replanted about 2.7 million trees in two decades, although back-of-the-napkin math states that they, on an average, planted about 370 trees a day, so when you do the math, to plant 500 million trees it would take roughly 3.7 million years – which is not realistic. Even if a million people planted 370 trees per day, it would take 83 years to reach the estimated goal. The current technologies are not well-versed enough to meet the desired challenge, especially in remote locations.

Aerial Reforestation with Tree-Bombing Bots/Drones

Drone Planting

Image Source: https://medium.com/@treechainnetwork/planting-technology-seed-drone-seed-bomb-e8192c1ad7bb

Technology plays a vital role here that can speed up the planting process, including the new-gen of drones that take tree plantation to another level.

The drones were originally developed by an ex-NASA engineer that was designed to fire off pre-germinated seedpods into the ground. Drone planting is not only a cheaper and less time-consuming way to plant trees, but it is also the fastest way to plant trees exponentially, faster than the locals being forced to plant them manually.

The pods then dissolve over a certain period and the tree seed eventually grows.

Biocarbon Engineering is a UK-based company backed by a drone manufacturer named Parrot, they have been using flying robots to plant trees on a massive scale – up to 10,000 trees a day!

Additionally, the areas that are unviable or not fertile can also be converted into a growing fertile land.

Drone planting has its distinct advantages like planting in-hard-to-access areas, like the mangrove forests – that are disappearing rapidly that in turn increases the risk of floods and storm surges.

AI for Earth

AI for Earth

Certain start-ups are much devoted to finding optimal ways to conduct an estimate forest inventory. One such AI for Earth grantee, Silvia Terra, had innovated a software-based approach after her frustration with the status quo whilst at Yale School of Forestry.

What does the software do?

1) Can assess forests using Satellite Imagery and Machine Learning.

2) The algorithm powered by AI not only reduces the amount of fieldwork needed to assess forests but is a vanguard of new-gen of “precision forestry”

The Goal:

To build a data library and powerful AI tools that can provide a precise up-to-date map of US forests for the first time in history – as well as detailed information about each tree!

This work has given us a bird’s-eye view on a global level, it shows just how powerful the amalgamation of human ingenuity and AI is, and just how badly it is needed to make the kind of an effective, quick global impact and progress we need.

Is it realistic to plant 500 billion new trees? Well, the short answer is yes, it is ONLY possible with the help of technology.

We have the technology to collect and analyze the data pouring in from AI sensors, Satellite, drones, citizen scientists, camera traps, etc. With cloud and AI, it becomes easy to process all of this information accurately and cost-effectively.

If we do plant 500 billion trees to offset some of the negative impacts we have had on the plant, we might as well want to combine the latest exponential technology with the help of reforestation.

Such an approach might also help us address a major issue: that the proposed new forests will likely succeed without intervening the people inhabitation around the areas of reforestation and can reap rewards from turning arable land into forests.

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IT costs are an expensive element of any organization’s budget. Rising IT costs are something that all businesses must contend with. Why? Simply because IT is the driving force behind digital transformations and the creation of new products, services, and opportunities to connect with more customers.

Reducing IT costs seems very difficult. Many business and technology leaders struggle to meet demand while managing a tight budget. Whether you’re a small or a large business and whatever industry you may be from – assessing IT services and solutions is the key to improving business efficiencies and driving out unwanted costs.

The IT department is certainly not the one that can be starved of resources at this very crucial time of digital business evolution. Investments must be done to ensure the timely effectiveness and value of an organization and its products and services.

 

Let’s consider five ways to lessen IT costs without undermining competitiveness and value –

Reduce IT Cost - Gartner Stat

Reduce the Number of Projects 

Some organizations are re-evaluating the number of IT projects allocated to control costs. To complete these projects, companies often hire new staff or sometimes even pay overtime to their existing staff. It is crucial to make the right choice whilst determining which projects to take on.

 

Although, you need to be careful about what projects to not go ahead with, projects that yield results and transforms the businesses such as the development of innovative technologies, could be worth the investment. On the other hand, projects that merely support business operations like upgrading internal technologies could be candidates for going on hold.

 

Embrace the Cloud

Switching to a cloud-based solution considerably reduces capital, setup, labor, and expansion costs in exchange for monthly costs. Many organizations that rely on on-premises infrastructure can save a considerable amount of IT costs by moving some or all their applications and data to the cloud. Migrating programs and data to the cloud means getting more uptime for less.

Reduced costs for IT maintenance, IT support services, staffing, and security, as all these things can be handled by the cloud services provider for a predictable monthly fee. There’s little wonder about the reasons cloud adoption is so widespread. Earlier market research by Vanson Bourne revealed that the cloud helps companies save:
16.18% of operational costs
15.07% of total IT spending
16.76% on IT maintenance

Virtualization

Virtualization decouples software from hardware by disconnecting the link between applications and the resources needed to run them. It allows organizations to use virtual infrastructure, rather than physical hardware, to run applications and software. By pooling together resources such as storage, computer processing, networking, etc. and allocating the complete power through virtualization, applications receive power as required, meaning all resources run at their peak capacity that in turn decreases the amount of hardware required to facilitate applications.

One of the most remarkable reasons for virtualizing IT infrastructure is preventing downtime. In a virtual environment, if one application or resource fails, there’s a backup of IT assets ready to act as failover support. Downtime causes organizations and businesses to lose hours of operation, which leads to impact on reputation and potential loss of opportunities.

Benefits of Virtualization –

  1. Saves your investments on IT Hardware
  2. Requires low power consumption
  3. Offers you centralized management of your IT operation, and
  4. Offers more reliable and secure solutions as opposed to non-virtualized environment

Consider a Manager Service Provider (MSP)

Small to medium-sized businesses often find outsourcing to be a great way to reduce IT costs.

Managed Service Providers (MSPs) can manage, host and maintain an organization’s IT infrastructure more flexibly and efficiently than what SMBs can accomplish in house.

The MSP model is an IT service company that offers managed services to customers and organizations on a proactive basis. Most of the MSPs not only own the entire physical back-end infrastructure but also provide resources to their clients.

And all of this is remotely performed over the internet thus helping clients cut costs besides enhancing their operations. Meaning, the operational expenses are only incurred based on the actual capacity and usage, as opposed to the large upfront capital investments related to purchasing on-premises infrastructure.

Reduce your costs with DevOps

DevOps has a reputation for increasing the quality and speed of the software releases that in turn reduces IT costs, too. Consider Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), a pillar of DevOps. It not only automates the process of creating new development and test environments, but it also dynamically adjusts the computing resources used, thereby reducing labor cost. Meaning you can efficiently run more severs during usage spikes but not pay extra during slow hours.

Tip: If you swap containers for traditional virtual machines (VMs), you’ll squeeze even more computing resources out of fewer servers.

Implementing test automation in continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) pipeline is another saver. Functional testing roughly takes 2 to 3 hours when manually performed, and the automation script for the specific task doesn’t require frequent updates. This investment in automation would cut labor hours.

However, one thing to keep in mind is that DevOps savings do not come instantly. A full DevOps “transformation??? takes approximately about one to three years for small business and three to seven years for large MNCs.

Reduce Turnover and Streamline your Workforce

Companies need to support their IT teams, ensuring that they have the necessities and that their workloads are manageable. An increase in employee contentment will help reduce turnover and save big bucks on recruitment and training new members of staff.

Even when departures occur, it’s important to have a cost-effective strategy to substitute them. Instituting a solid internship program is one way to do this, as is promoting from within, and looking first to hire new graduates from a local college you’ve established a relationship with, as this can be a great way to discover new talent and ensure staff grows alongside the company.

Summary

Implementation of the above practices does require research and planning. However, the effort is nothing compared to the long-term cost savings you can accomplish. The fruits of cost optimization will be very sweet when they will be used for growth and business innovation opportunities.

If you’ve already thought about any of the ways above, you’re probably ahead of the curve. It’s quite evident that there is no single solution to IT cost reduction. Considering at least one of the above is better than none.

To explore how V2Solutions can help you with cutting-edge and cost-efficient solutions for your business needs, Visit us here.

 

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