Earth Day is almost here but Google is ready to show you the effects of climate change now. They’ve launched the biggest update to Google Earth since 2017 — Timelapse
The Timelapse feature compiles 24 million satellite photos from the past 37 years, creating an interactive 4D experience. The Timelapse video translates to quadrillions of pixels and required “a significant amount of ‘pixel crunching,’” Google noted in their blog. As far as anyone knows, Timelapse in Google Earth is the largest video on the planet of our planet.
The driving force behind the update is to show the rapid environmental change on our planet from the last half-century. Timelapse highlights five themes, which can be clicked to activate a “guided tour” through each topic — forest change, urban growth, fragile beauty, warming temperatures, and sources of energy. Google worked with experts at Carnegie Mellon University’s CREATE Lab on the technology and to translate all that environmental data into a digestible guided tour.
If you’re feeling inspired once you’ve completed the guided tour, here are four tools that can help you reduce your carbon footprint.Watershed
- A software platform to help companies create their own climate program Aerial
- An app that pulls data from your inbox, notifies you of emissions activity, and suggests options to offset your carbon footprintKlima
- An app that lets you calculate your carbon footprint and find verified climate projects to offset it Neutral
- A browser extension that enables you to offset your purchases