SHADE Newsletter 2nd May 2024

Welcome to the twelfth edition of the SHADE newsletter! 

SHADE is a research hub with a mission to explore issues at the intersection of digital technologies/AI, health and the environment. It is guided by a fundamental question: How should the balance between AI/digital enabled health and planetary health be struck in different areas of the world, and what should be the guiding principles?

The SHADE newsletter comes out every two weeks, bringing you a selection of the latest news, upcoming events, academic publications and podcasts in the SHADE space.

In this newsletter, we highlight examples of the delicate balance between AI for good and AI for bad when it comes to the environmental impacts of healthcare. We take a sweep through the latest on tools, bring you the 2024 editions of key reports, check out breaking weather anomalies globally and showcase a wealth of research and applications focussed on analysing data to establish the links between climate change and health.  We hope you enjoy it!

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Highlight on the balance between AI for good and AI for bad when assessing the environmental impacts of healthcare


  • Pilosa is a new tool coming that promises real time carbon footprint metrics for your digital products and services across your entire stack (front end web applications and server infrastructure).

  • An article from on Tools for Sustainability in Cloud Computing gives a round up on what Google, Microsoft and Amazon Web Services offer for measuring and reporting carbon emissions on their platforms.

  • With another hot summer looming in the US, Inside Climate News reports on HeatRisk, a new tool that could forecast potentially threatening heat, up to a week in advance: Plug in your zip code to get your forecast and advice relating to it.

  • The 2024 AI Index report is out - with a whole new chapter on AI’s impact on science and medicine. This chapter makes little mention of AI’s environmental impact, although one of the key takeaways from the report is the “unprecedented” scale of the compute (measured in $) necessary to train frontier AI models.

  • The student driven 2024 Planetary Health Report Cards are out, with 78% of schools that completed a previous report showcasing improvements in how planetary health is integrated into their schools.

What we’re watching

  • Weathersight is on a mission to communicate climate change by providing reliable and comprehensive information about weather patterns across the globe. Check out its breaking anomalies.

  • A deep dive into how the world’s largest health information system, DHIS2, is integrating climate data into its platform. It includes a use case from Rwanda.

What we’re reading



And finally, check out the latest edition of BRANCH magazine.

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