- Google has modified how it determines how your trips affect the climate
- This is due to the fact that the largest search engine in the world removed a significant contributor to global warming
- It has an impact on the carbon calculator that is built into the business’ “Google Flights” search engine.
Google has modified how it determines how your trips affect the climate. Your flights now seem to have a lot smaller environmental impact than they did in the past.
This is due to the fact that the largest search engine in the world removed a significant contributor to global warming from their online carbon flight calculation.
According to Dr. Doug Parr, chief scientist for Greenpeace, “Google has wiped a big piece of the aviation industry’s climate implications from its pages.”
Nine out of ten online searches are hosted by Google, so this might have a big impact on how people choose to travel. The business claimed that after consulting with its “industry partners,” it made the modification.
It has an impact on the carbon calculator that is built into the business’ “Google Flights” search engine. If you’ve ever used Google to look for a flight, you’ve probably encountered Google Flights.
It allows you to search the web for flights and tickets and shows up near the top of search results. It also provides a calculation of the emissions produced by your travel.
According to Google, this function “helps you make more sustainable travel decisions.” However, Google opted to leave out all but CO2 from the effects of flying on global warming in July.
According to some experts, Google’s estimations now only account for little more than half of the actual impact of air travel.
According to Professor David Lee of Manchester Metropolitan University, who wrote the most thorough scientific analysis of how aviation affects the climate, “It currently greatly understates the worldwide influence of aviation on the climate.”
Along with the CO2 emitted by burning aviation fuel, flying has a variety of other environmental effects.
These include the development of long, thin clouds called contrails in the upper atmosphere, which traps heat released by the Earth and cause net warming of our planet.
Because of these additional warming effects, even though aviation only contributes to around 2% of the world’s CO2 emissions, it is actually responsible for about 3.5% of the warming brought on by human activity.
Additionally, it is a sector that will continue to expand.
According to the International Energy Agency, emissions have increased by 50% since 2000, and for the next two decades, the industry is anticipated to grow by more than 4% annually (IEA).
According to Google, the non-CO2 effects of flying should be taken into account in its calculations, the BBC was informed.
It acknowledges that there is a significant additional impact of flying on a worldwide basis.
However, it claims that the “accuracy of the individual flight estimations” that it offers to customers is the company’s top concern.
It claims to be collaborating with academics to better understand how certain flights are impacted by warming effects and contrails.
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