Using Artificial Intelligence to Save the Planet.
A letter from our founder, John Amos
The trends aren’t encouraging: Industrialization, urban development, deforestation, overfishing, mining and pollution are accelerating the rate of global warming and damaging ecosystems around the world. The pace of environmental destruction has never been as great as it is today. Despite this grim assessment, I believe there’s reason to be hopeful for a brighter future.
Fossil fuel production has left a lasting imprint on the landscapes and communities of central and northern Appalachia. Mountaintop mining operations, pipeline right-of-ways, oil and gas well pads, and hydraulic fracturing wastewater retention ponds dot the landscapes of West Virginia and Pennsylvania. And although advocacy groups have made progress pressuring regulated industries and state agencies […]
On Friday, January 25th, the tailings dam to the Córrego do Feijão mine burst near Brumadinho, State of Minas Gerais, Brazil (the moment of failure was captured on video). Operated by Brazilian mining company Vale S.A., this incident recalls the collapse of Vale’s Samarco Mine in 2015 which unleashed 62 million cubic meters of toxic […]
In Appalachia, it is not uncommon to see the effects that mountaintop removal mining have on the surrounding ecosystems. As someone living in the great Mountain State of West Virginia, one of the projects that caught my interest when I started my internship at SkyTruth was their work mapping the extent of surface mines in […]