You Can Now Calculate A City’s Carbon Footprint With The Help Of Google Maps
What’s your city’s carbon footprint? Well, now you can find out thanks to this cool new tool from Google
The Environmental Insights Explorer, an online tool that Google launched earlier today is aiming to help people learn their city’s carbon footprint by estimating the total carbon released into the air resulting from buildings, cars, buses, subways and other means of fuel-burning transportation used by the people who live there.
Nicole Lombardo, the woman leading the partnerships for Google’s environmental insights team says that this tool looks at “the thousands of cities that are out there today that don’t typically have the resources to spend on digging up the data or analyzing the data” and will hopefully reduce the complexities and costs of people data mining and crunching, giving them more time to strategize ways to reduce their city’s overall footprint.
Although the numbers you see are estimates, the tool can show how much more potential emissions will result from a city’s growth or modifications such as adding a new line of transportation. The tool even utilizes Google’s Project Sunroof, which relies on AI to determine which roofs are well suited for solar power, so cities can consider using solar power as a means to cut down on emissions. Given that the tool is currently in beta, it is only accessible to certain cities. But soon the Environmental Insights Explorer will become a wealth of knowledge for cities around the world looking to cut down on carbon emissions.
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