Google introduces new tools to assist users in reducing their carbon footprints




Google has launched a set of new features aimed at assisting users of its services in making more sustainable decisions. The new features, which are largely accessible on Search, Maps, Travel, and Nest, are aimed at lowering planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions.

But, before we get into the specifics of how their new tools function, it’s worth noting that some environmentalists have accused companies of shifting blame for the climate catastrophe onto individual consumers. Individual consumer effect pales in comparison to holding large corporate polluters accountable for their pollution.

That said, there is no time to waste in preventing the climate disaster from worsening, and every reduction in emissions helps. Here’s a rundown of what Google just released for anyone looking for new ways to reduce their own emissions.

 

SEARCH

Google aims to modify the way “climate change” results displayed in its Search platform sometime this month. According to Google, users will be directed to a dedicated results page with “top-quality environment information.” It intends to use material from recognized sources on the topic, such as the United Nations.

 

MAPS

When using Google Maps, people in the United States may determine which driving routes are the most fuel-efficient. (The business had previously said that this functionality will be available in March.) Fuel economy reduces both gas expenses and pollutants from tailpipes. When the most fuel-efficient route also happens to be the fastest, Google Maps will choose it by default. If the more fuel-efficient route is slower, the app will present customers their alternatives so they can make an informed decision. According to Google, users in Europe will be able to do the same starting in 2022.

 

In principle, this will assist individual Google Maps users in reducing their CO2 emissions. A passenger car emits little under five metric tons of CO2 per year on average. And a person in the United States, which has one of the highest per capita emissions rates in the world, might be liable for nearly 18 metric tons of CO2 each year.

 

TRAVEL

Starting Wednesday, while searching for flights on Google, users will be able to view the carbon dioxide emissions linked with each journey. They’ll be able to monitor how their seat selection affects their personal carbon footprint as well. Choosing a seat in business or first class increases your pollution contribution since they take up more space and so contribute more to the plane’s emissions. According to recent studies, switching to a more fuel-efficient route can reduce CO2 emissions by as much as 63 percent.

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