The Maldives, which is committed to becoming
carbon neutral by 2020, could significantly benefit from a new
branch of environmental science.
The Integrated Resource Model, which has been
developed by Peter Head, of the Ecological Sequestration Trust,
uses cloud computing to develop ecological models that boost
economic growth and reduce carbon emissions.
Mr Head told delegates at the third annual Six
Senses Slow Life Symposium, that global computing power could be
used to create a new development model for the Maldives.
“Integrated resourcing covers energy,
food, water and waste management. It is the concept that no single
environmental problem can be solved in isolation,” Mr Head said, adding that the concept of sharing was vital
in the fight against climate change. The most efficient use of
finite resources, he explained, was sharing in a common cause.
Cloud computing is just one example of sharing –
in this case computing processing power. Cloud computing is vital
to his integrated resource modeling, which will be made available
through open source on the “cloud”.
Mr Head also said that linking urban and rural
development could boost overall agricultural output despite the
loss of land for residential development.
“The analysis shows we can reduce carbon
intensity but improve the ecological footprint as well,” he said.
He warned delegates that unless the pace of
change towards a sustainable economy was accelerated, there would
be a 50% chance of runaway climate change by 2070 that would lead
to “total human catastrophe”.
Mr Head told delegates that he was seeking
funding to enable the Maldives to take a global lead in Integrated
Other speakers during the last day of the Slow
Life Symposium included Sir Richard Branson, Eric Scotto of Akuo
Energy and Jose Mariano, the founder of zero2infinity – the
company which is planning on sending people into space using
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