I'm collecting examples and inspiration of how existing software products or applications of any kind - non-profit or commercial - directly help solving or preventing environmental problems like GHG emissions, deforestation, environmental degradation, pollution, resource depletion and others. Of course the directly part is very debatable, so here are some good examples of direct and clear impact I have until now:

  • AI that detects sounds of chainsaw and monitors on-site deforestation (Rainforest Connection (RFCx))
  • web platform that allows people to find food/meals in their city to buy that would be otherwise get thrown away (by restaurants, hotels, supermarkets - Too Good To Go
  • optimising software libraries to be significantly smaller in size and thus make servers delivering them to have smaller carbon footprint (one unspecified Wordpress plugin)
  • $\begingroup$ And then there're the false positives ;) youtu.be/mSB71jNq-yQ?t=145 $\endgroup$ – Deditos Oct 12 '20 at 9:35
  • $\begingroup$ @Jean-MariePrival I don't understand how is your comment useful or constructive to my question. $\endgroup$ – okram Oct 12 '20 at 11:49
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    $\begingroup$ I’m voting to close this question because it is overly broad. $\endgroup$ – David Hammen Oct 12 '20 at 16:44
  • $\begingroup$ @DavidHammen How can it get more concrete, can you suggest improvements? $\endgroup$ – okram Oct 13 '20 at 5:45