Microsoft launches Climate Research Initiative to collaborate on climate change challenges

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Microsoft is launching a new research initiative aimed at fighting climate change, the company announced Wednesday. The Microsoft Climate Research Initiative (MCRI) aims to harness the tech giant’s research and computing expertise as it collaborates with academic institutions.

MCRI will feature a community of researchers working across disciplines in areas beyond traditional computer science, such as environmental science, chemistry, and a variety of engineering disciplines.

To kick things off, Microsoft said it is focused on three critical areas in climate research where computational advances can drive key scientific transformations: Overcoming constraints to decarbonization, reducing uncertainties in carbon accounting, and assessing climate risks in more detail.

Phase one collaborations are listed on the MCRI website.

Microsoft has a range of environmental initiatives and has set a goal of becoming carbon negative by 2030.

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