Further Metaverse Development Could Reduce Carbon Emissions
Proper usage of metaverse could reduce global surface temperature by approximately 0.02 degrees Celsius.
According to recent research by Cornell University, the metaverse is a potential solution to combat global warming. The research titled “Growing Metaverse Sector Can Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 10 Gt CO2e in the United States by 2050,” suggests that the metaverse could reduce the global surface temperature by approximately 0.02 degrees Celsius at the end of the century. The research work was published under "Energy & Environmental Science", a journal owned by the Royal Society of Chemistry.
The research was collective done by Ning Zhao, Meta, Microsoft and National Science Foundation. With the use of an AI, the team painstakingly analyzed data from various sectors including technology, energy, environment, and business. This AI was programmed to forecast the growth of metaverse utilization in coming years. Major areas evaluated include remote work, virtual travel, distance learning, gaming, and non-fungible tokens (NFTs).
The Potentials of Metaverse as Emission Regulator
This research peers into the potentials of metaverse-based practices like remote working, distance learning and virtual tourism. Such practices would mitigate the excessive usage of carbon and curb the adverse environmental effects of man's activities. The adoption of these methods will help carbon emissions reduce drastically.
In recent years, the metaverse has shown significant growth with more usage and interactions. Several traditional companies and individuals are turning the metaverse into virtual shops, gaming centers, concerts arenas etc. The titled paper believes that metaverse as a nascent technology cannot only solve social and economic challenges but also environmental concerns.
To transform the metaverse into an emission control space, further developmental researches are required. However, this current paperwork indicates that the metaverse could be a more sustainable method of controll carbon emission.