Google Plans To Add Extreme Heat Alerts To Its Search Amid Growing Concerns For Climate Change

Climate change is real and the destruction it is capable of causing cannot be ignored.

This is one of the major reasons why search engine giant Google is all set to bring extreme heat notifications to its search so users can benefit. Moreover, the change is likely to be introduced by the end of this year as such alerts will pop up whenever a user types questions including ‘heat wave’ across the search bar.

Over the recent past, Google says that the woes and worries of climate change gave rise to some very worrisome weather landscapes. And heat waves that arose for extended periods of time were not an exception.

Similarly, there was some massive flooding that came about due to serious storms and now, Google is providing insights on how people’s searches for such matters were at their peak in July of last year.

As per data released through one of its PDF statements, nearly 500,000 people ended up losing their lives each year due to savage and brutal heat waves. Hence, the search engine giant is hoping to send out heat alerts that showcase data on this front including more tips for remaining calm and cool while releasing predictions of the durations for those heatwaves too.

For now, Google is currently playing its role by setting out alerts for natural disaster-related crises including earthquakes, storms, wildfires, and also floods. This is done through its Maps and Search. In the same way, it’s making use of satellite technology that is used to trace wildfires in actual time.
On the other hand, the Android maker announced how it would be making use of another tool that it owns called Tree Canopy. This is currently functional in nearly 350 different cities around the world and it’s up from the usual 14 that arose in the past.

The tool is powered by AI technology and functions to limit heat islands which is the name given to concrete-rich areas that go through relatively high temperatures. The goal is to use satellite images to outline digital maps of tree canopies that arise in so many cities. And with this kind of data, local officials may use it to make plans for urban forestry projects.

In the end, the goal seems to be enhancing tree coverage in different places to help keep the area cooler in temperature.

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