Google has developed a new tool to estimate local carbon pollution. The company currently tracks greenhouse-gas emissions for five cities including Pittsburg (PA), Mountain View (CA), and Melbourne (AUS). Google plans to expand the feature, called the “Environmental Insights Explorer,” by using Google Maps and Waze to collect transportation information in more cities. The goal is to raise awareness among local leaders to focus and improve local climate programs and utilize the tool to help imagine a more sustainable city. The program uses some data from another Google project, Project Sunroof, which shows the location of houses with solar panels. Explorer adds an estimation of rooftop surface available to set up solar panels in a city, but the tool has its limits. It can only estimate carbon emissions from electricity and transportation, while industries and agriculture represent about a third of U.S. emissions over all. Additionally, the age of some data set published by the EPA distorts Google’s data accuracy. Google prefers to provide local data and does not want to compete with the EPA, which is planning to estimate greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. at the national level. Do you think tech companies can help local policies to be more eco-friendly? Let us know in the comments below ☟ - Years Of Living Dangerously

Google has developed a new tool to estimate local carbon pollution. The company currently tracks greenhouse-gas emissions for five cities including Pittsburg (PA), Mountain View (CA), and Melbourne (AUS). Google plans to expand the feature, called the “Environmental Insights Explorer,” by using Google Maps and Waze to collect transportation information in more cities. The goal is to raise awareness among local leaders to focus and improve local climate programs and utilize the tool to help imagine a more sustainable city. The program uses some data from another Google project, Project Sunroof, which shows the location of houses with solar panels. Explorer adds an estimation of rooftop surface available to set up solar panels in a city, but the tool has its limits. It can only estimate carbon emissions from electricity and transportation, while industries and agriculture represent about a third of U.S. emissions over all. Additionally, the age of some data set published by the EPA distorts Google’s data accuracy. Google prefers to provide local data and does not want to compete with the EPA, which is planning to estimate greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. at the national level. Do you think tech companies can help local policies to be more eco-friendly? Let us know in the comments below ☟

Google has developed a new tool to estimate local carbon pollution. The company currently tracks greenhouse-gas emissions for five cities including Pittsburg (PA), Mountain View (CA), and Melbourne (AUS). Google plans to expand the feature, called the “Environmental Insights Explorer,” by using Google Maps and Waze to collect transportation information in more cities. The goal is to raise awareness among local leaders to focus and improve local climate programs and utilize the tool to help imagine a more sustainable city. The program uses some data from another Google project, Project Sunroof, which shows the location of houses with solar panels. Explorer adds an estimation of rooftop surface available to set up solar panels in a city, but the tool has its limits. It can only estimate carbon emissions from electricity and transportation, while industries and agriculture represent about a third of U.S. emissions over all. Additionally, the age of some data set published by the EPA distorts Google’s data accuracy. Google prefers to provide local data and does not want to compete with the EPA, which is planning to estimate greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. at the national level. Do you think tech companies can help local policies to be more eco-friendly? Let us know in the comments below ☟

Google has developed a new tool to estimate local carbon pollution. The company currently tracks greenhouse-gas emissions for five cities including Pittsburg (PA), Mountain View (CA), and Melbourne (AUS). Google plans to expand the feature, called the “Environmental Insights Explorer,” by using Google Maps and Waze to collect transportation information in more cities. The goal is to raise awareness among local leaders to focus and improve local climate programs and utilize the tool to help imagine a more sustainable city. The program uses some data from another Google project, Project Sunroof, which shows the location of houses with solar panels. Explorer adds an estimation of rooftop surface available to set up solar panels in a city, but the tool has its limits. It can only estimate carbon emissions from electricity and transportation, while industries and agriculture represent about a third of U.S. emissions over all. Additionally, the age of some data set published by the EPA distorts Google’s data accuracy. Google prefers to provide local data and does not want to compete with the EPA, which is planning to estimate greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. at the national level. Do you think tech companies can help local policies to be more eco-friendly? Let us know in the comments below ☟

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